Upon meeting with your guide, you will start your walk through the Byzantine Museum of Athens. The museum can rightfully take pride in possessing one of the leading collections of Byzantine icons in the world. Its exhibits, that represent 1700 years of Byzantine art and architecture, include 25,000 ecclesiastical objects from Greece, the Balkans, Cyprus, Constantinople and Russia, classified in 11 collections: Sculptures, Mosaics, Frescoes, Replicas and the Loverdos Collection (includes manuscripts, woodcarving crafts, vestments, portable icons etc.).
After your museum visit, your next stop will be The Old Metropolis. This charming church is located near the new Cathedral. It was built in the late 12th century. It is dedicated to Gorgoepikoos Panayia (the Virgin Mary) and Ayios Eleftherios. Ancient and Byzantine bas-reliefs were used for the construction of the church. In the facade is an ancient frieze, taken from a monument of the 4th century B.C. depicting official attic festivals. The new Metropolis nearby was built from 1842 and 1862 as the cathedral of Athens. It is a domed church built in the neobyzantine and neoclassical style.
You continue on to Kapnikarea church, a domed Byzantine church with a dome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The original building was constructed in the 11th century. It has had various names: Camoucharea, Panayia tis Vasilopoulas (Virgin of the Kings daughter) among few.
Next you see the Pantanassa church which is a three- aisled basilica built in the 10th century. The church belonged to the Monastery of Koimesi tis Theotokou from which the district’s name is derived (Monastiraki).
Finally and after walking through the flea market of Athens you arrive to your last destination the church of Ayioi Asomatoi. A cruciform church built in the 11th century, with carved stone blocks, framed by bricks, while in places subsequent Islamic influence is obvious.
Your guide will then escort you to your drop off point marking the end of your Byzantine Athens Walking Seminar tour.
Entrance fees to the Byzantine Museum are 4 Euro pp.
Free admission: under 18 years old
- Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-16:00
- Monday: closed
For security reasons, the last visitors may enter 15 min before the Museum closes.
Temporary exhibitions may have different opening hours.
- 1st January, 25th March,
- Good Friday (open: 12.00-17.00), Easter, 1st May,
- 25th-26th December
- The Byzantine Museum is closed on Mondays.
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
- Our prices are much better in comparison to those of the big tour operators, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Syntagma Square can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.
More details about the attractions you visit
- Byzantine & Christian Museum
- Old Metropolis (Cathedral)
- Kapnikarea church
- Pantanassa Church
- Agioi Asomatoi Church
- Athens trilogy
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