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Kessariani Monastery, Athens

Kessariani Monastery - Athens, Greece
Kessariani Monastery
Katehaki Avenue, Athens, Greece 11525Map
+30 210 729 5418
Neighborhood: Kessariani

For a total change of scenery, grab a taxi to the Kessariani Monastery. A short drive takes you to the famous Byzantine monastery located in the forest on the slopes of Mount Ymittos. The 11th-century complex, which is protected by a high wall was built on the ruins of a 6th-century church. It is dedicated to the 'Presentation of the Virgin to the Temple'. A chapel dedicated to St. Anthony was added in the 16th century followed by a bell tower in the 19th century. Don't miss the monastery's precious wall paintings dating back to the 17th century - these are all excellent examples of Greek religious art. Upkeep of the Aesthetic Forest of Kessariani is performed by the Philodassiki of Athens, a non-profit organization.

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