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Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church)

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The Sotira Lykodimou Church (better known locally as the Russian Church, since the Russians bought and restored the building during the 19th century) is Athens' largest medieval building and one of the most important Byzantine monuments of the 11th...more
Filellinon 21 | Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the few former Greek orthodox churches to be structured on an octagon pattern. It is a beautiful starry ceiling with stained glass and it now the Russian orthodox cathedral in Athens. It is worth entering if you find it open while...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have time and are interested in the variations in theme that exist for Greek, Russian and Byzantine Orthodox churches then this is well worth visiting. No photography inside is a little irritating given that isn't any brochure or other material to purchase to...More

Thank DTG59
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This 11th century church sits in a pleasant square near the National Gardens in Athens & has previously been used as a convent & a Benedictine monastery. The church was severely damaged in 1821 during the Greek War of Independence & was acquired in 1847...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

As many of the other reviews will say, it is a small Byzantine Church from the 11th century. It has suffered damage over the centuries and the surrounding wall was destroyed by a Ottoman official. The church was bought by the Russian Government in the...More

2  Thank snowridrrr
Reviewed 15 May 2018

I noticed this church while walking on Filellinon Street, and I decided to pay a visit. Different from other churches, the belfry is in front of the church main entrance. Inside, there are beautiful icons and wall paintings, but no pictures are allowed, and this...More

1  Thank ANGELO V
Reviewed 2 November 2017

if you are near, and have an interest in religious edifices' architecture, this a lovely russian orthodox church not far from syntagma square. it is apparently the largest remaining Medieval building in Athens. It has so many beautiful angles - walk all around, walk back...More

Thank Tellus9
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This church is known as the "Russian Church", and it's worth a visit if you happen to be in the vicinity. We came across it by chance and checked it out. There are some love paintings, icons inside, and the architecture is really amazing. Located...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

My driver recommend I visit this church , especially if I got a chance to see the easter services . I came in on the Wednesday before Easter & the festivities had already begun ! A beautiful Russian Orthodox Mass . I stood behind &...More

1  Thank Hampt
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Small and beautiful interior a bit dark inside. I have visited it several times especially during the Holy Easter. The story behind it: The Church of the Saviour of Lycodemos, otherwise known as the Russian Church, is the parish church of the Russian community in...More

3  Thank greekcypriot2009
Reviewed 14 February 2015

Located very close to Syntagma square, this little church features a central nave and a detached bell tower. While it is rather small, the interior is nicely designed. Worth a 2-minute visit.

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Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is
Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament
building on its upper side and surrounded by other
large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande
Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia
are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like
the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia
Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents,
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