Athenian churches lose nothing in comparison with those of the Greek countryside; the majority can boast a rich heritage and great architectural beauty! Here are a few of the most beautiful churches to experience Easter in Athens!
Agios Georgios (St. George) On Lycabettus
Just a few metres away from Evangelismos metro station is the picturesque chapel of Agios Georgios. The ascent on the paved street is all part of the ritual, as for a few moments the anonymity of the metropolis disappears and every single person in the procession, candle in hand, becomes united in one sacred purpose: to pass on the message of the resurrection. Whitewashed, as if from an Aegean island, Agios Georgios offers a spectacular experience with dozens of fireworks painting the sky red and a view of the whole city.
Metohi Tou Panagiou Tafou (Dependency of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher) In Plaka
Situated in one of the most beautiful and picturesque districts of the city center, a visit to this church will combine worship and sightseeing! The church itself is on Erehtheos Street and the Holy Light actually arrives there first before it makes its way to the Diocesan Church. If you are not a fan of fireworks, perhaps this is the best place for you as the Easter celebration here is a little less pyrotechnic.
Ethiopian Church At Polygono
This church, the only one of its kind in the city, is on Bohali Street and offers an original spectacle on Easter Sunday. To enter the Ethiopian Coptic temple, you must take off your shoes. Also according to custom, Copts are dressed in white, so do not hesitate to wear something in keeping with the occasion. After the Easter bells ring, there is a celebration accompanied by the sound of drums and various other percussion instruments, while the choir recall moments from the life of Christ with a great sense of drama and reverence.
Panagia (Holy Virgin) Kapnikarea On Ermou Street
Kapnikarea is a landmark on Ermou Street and a meeting point for Athenians. The low wall around the churchyard makes an ideal place to rest for shoppers traipsing up and down the longest commercial street of the city. Though small, it is one of the prime choices for celebrating the Resurrection in Athens. It dates back to the 11th century and if you do visit during the holidays, do not forget to look at the impressive murals painted by Fotis Kondoglou, which enhance the feeling of reverence that these solemn days bring.
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