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The most important remaining churches in the city are: the church of the Holy Apostles in the Agora, which has been beautifully restored; the church of the Saints Theodores with its intricate exterior decoration made of bricks and stone; the “Kapnikarea” with its perfect proportions in the shape of a cross with an elegant dome in the center and a small chapel added later on the North side; and the church known as the “Small Cathedral” or “Gorgoepikoos” (which means she who quickly answers prayers). This small church, in juxtaposition to the large Cathedral of Athens, provides a perfect example of quality and quantity. The Gorgoepikoos is unique in its architecture. Instead of using the traditional stone and brick of the Byzantine style, the architect used marble from old monuments, from which he also took capitals of columns and cornices to decorate his church. Reliefs surround it which date from pagan times through early Christian down to the Byzantine. Some come from temples, others from important buildings, while others are grave stones. These decorations have no symbolic connection with the church and were simply placed by the architect, sometimes even upside down, to give the effect of a frieze inspired most probably from pagan temples.

Athens Byzantine Tour:

Our suggested program will start with a visit to the Byzantine and Christian Museum, a place where treasures spanning centuries is kept: the treasure of an imperial past and a cultural heritage that opened the way to Europe's future. Situated right at the heart of Athens, the Museum has more than 25,000 artιfacts in its possession, originating from the 3rd to the 15th century and arranged in collections. A new gallery featuring the post-Byzantine collection with objects from the 16th to the 20th century is due to open soon. The exhibits are mainly from Greece, Asia Minor and the Balkans. Sculptures, icons, miniatures, frescoes, pottery and fabrics, manuscripts, sketches, anthivola (preparatory drawings), etchings and incunabula, as well as reproductions of Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescoes and mosaics, can be seen in the show-cases of the Museum.

We will then head to the Monastery of Kaissariani, which lies at a short distance to the east of Athens, on a hillside at the foot of Mt. Hymettos. The monastery was built in the 11th century over the ruins of a 5th-century Christian church that was also built over a temple (of the Greek goddess Demeter). The monks supported themselves by keeping bees and selling the honey, much as some religious orders today sell jams or liqueurs. The monastery 's kitchen and refectory, which now house sculptural fragments, are on the west side of a paved, flower-filled courtyard. To the south, the old monks' cells and a bathhouse are being restored (exploration at your own risk is usually permitted). The well-preserved church, built like so many others in Greece in the shape of a Greek cross, has a dome supported by four ancient Roman columns. Most of the frescoes are relatively late, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries; the distinctive bell tower is from the 19th century.

Includes:

  • Transportation with Deluxe Taxi for up to 3 persons and Deluxe Mini Bus for 4 to 15 persons
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees to the Byzantine Museum and Kaissariani Monastery

Excludes:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activity costs

Byzantine Athens Small Group Walking Seminar:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Greece became subsumed within the eastern Byzantine civilization. Although Thebes was the administrative capital, an important bishopric was established in Athens. As a result, the city contains a number of Byzantine structures and a rich fabric of historical monuments.

During this three-hour walk with a specialist in Byzantine history and architecture we will explore a number of 11th century churches hidden within the central city. We will learn how to read their architectural plan and decoration within the context of a wider discussion about the evolution of the Byzantine Empire as it came to rule much of eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Our walk will begin in the lovely 11th century church of Agii Theodori. Built on the foundations of an earlier church this is considered one of oldest, if not the oldest, Byzantine churches in Athens. We will spend a good amount of time here laying the groundwork for our adventure together: discussing the general history of Byzantine culture, the role of Constantinople and the head church there; the political shape of the empire; the rituals and power of the Church; and, most critically, the aesthetic expression of all this in the architecture and decoration of this church.

The interior of Agii Theodori, though unrestored, contained some wonderful reliquaries crafted in silver and gold.

Depending on the interest of the group, we have the option to visit the Byzantine Museum, a 20-minute walk (or metro ride) away. Here we will conclude with a look at some of the archeological artefacts collected from sites around Athens.

Includes:

  • Service of a docent

Excludes:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activity costs

Please Note:

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.
  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum and is subject to cancellation if minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.
  • This is available as a Private Tour. Please Please click here.
  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Byzantine Athens Private Walking Seminar:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Greece became subsumed within the eastern Byzantine civilization. Although Thebes was the administrative capital, an important bishopric was established in Athens. As a result, the city contains a number of Byzantine structures and a rich fabric of historical monuments.

During this three-hour walk with a specialist in Byzantine history and architecture we will explore a number of 11th century churches hidden within the central city. We'll learn how to read their architectural plan and decoration within the context of a wider discussion about the evolution of the Byzantine Empire as it came to rule much of eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Our walk will begin in the lovely 11th century church of Agii Theodori. Built on the foundations of an earlier church this is considered one of oldest, if not the oldest, Byzantine churches in Athens. We will spend a good amount of time here laying the groundwork for our adventure together: discussing the general history of Byzantine culture, the role of Constantinople and the head church there; the political shape of the empire; the rituals and power of the Church; and, most critically, the aesthetic expression of all this in the architecture and decoration of this church.

The interior of Agii Theodori, though unrestored, contained some wonderful reliquaries crafted in silver and gold.

Depending on the interest of the group, we have the option to visit the Byzantine Museum, a 20-minute walk (or metro ride) away. Here we will conclude with a look at some of the archeological artefacts collected from sites around Athens.

Includes:

  • Service of a docent
  • Hotel pick-up

Excludes:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activity costs

Please Note:

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
  • Hotel pick-up is available upon request. Please inquire.
  • This is available as a Small Group Tour. Please click here.

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