The Church of the Virgin Gorgoepikoos is located right next to the modern Cathedral, and is dedicated to the Virgin Gorgoepikoos and Agios Eleftherios. Constructed in the late 12th century, from the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to Eileithyia. Originally called “Little Metropolis”, he was dedicated to the Virgin Gorgoepikoos and belonged to the episcopal residence in Athens.

In the 17th century the church was referred to as “Gorgoepikoos” and “universal”. In 1841 he housed the public library in Athens and in 1863 was dedicated to Saint Eleftherios.

The church is a four-columned, cruciform, with a tripartite narthex, whose central, vaulted section is higher than both sides. The church walls are entirely made of large marble undecorated stones and reliefs from ancient Greek, Roman and early Byzantine monuments, while not used anywhere bricks.

As the height of the windows are lined with unadorned marble slabs while the ninety total reliefs, placed in the upper part of the walls, creating a unique result for a Byzantine church. The dome is the only part of the temple, built in the typical cloisonne masonry.

The church walls are entirely made of large marble undecorated stones and reliefs from ancient Greek, Roman and early Byzantine monuments, while not used anywhere bricks.

As the height of the windows are lined with unadorned marble slabs while the ninety total reliefs, placed in the upper part of the walls, creating a unique Byzantine church diakomitiko result. The dome is the only part of the temple, built in the typical cloisonne masonry.

Address

Address:

Mitropoleos, Athens

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Opening Hours

Monday

07.00 - 20.00

Tuesday

07.00 - 20.00

Wednesday

07.00 - 20.00

Thursday

07.00 - 20.00

Friday

07.00 - 20.00

Saturday

07.00 - 20.00

Sunday

07.00 - 20.00

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