Open Hours: Exterior is always viewable; religious service hours vary
As in the case of David and Goliath, the humble Byzantine church standing beside the large Metropolis Cathedral has much more ... More
Church of Panaghia Gorgoepikoos
As in the case of David and Goliath, the humble Byzantine church standing beside the large Metropolis Cathedral has much more historical value than its neighbor. It was built in the 12th century, on the ruins of an ancient temple of Isis-Eileithyia. The temple and other ancient buildings served as a source of building material when the church was constructed. This explains why the walls incorporate many marble murals, such as one dating back to the 4th Century BCE showing the symbols of the twelve months. The Panagia Gorgoepikoos (all-hearing) is dedicated to the Madonna and Agios Eleftherios.
The decision to move the capital of the young Greek state to Athens in 1834 made it imperative to build
a large new cathedral here. Construction started in 1839 and was completed in 1863. Since that time, this imposing ...