Daphni Monastery Athens Reviews
Daphni Monastery Mar 10, 2011
To those who are interested in seeing Byzantine monuments or early Christian buildings i think the Daphni monastery is an interesting place to visit.
The Monastery is located in Downtown Athens in a municipality called Chaidari. The surrounding area is idyllic. Behind the monastery there's a forest and near it a park that contains a playground, tennis and basketball courts and a big bust of Alexander the great.Every year in August the municipality organizes a festival of wine nearby the monastery were people drink free wine and listen live music
Let's say some historical tips:
At the sight were the monastery is, in antiquity there was a sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo which was destroyed by a Gothic raid in the 4rth century A.D. The road on which it is situated is called "The sacred way" because it was the route that the participants of the ancient Greek ritual called Eleusinian mysteries should follow.
The monastery was found in the 6th century and many of the Apollo's temple columns were used to be built. However today you can only see one of them as the rest were taken by Lord Elgin in Britain.
The biggest attraction of the monastery is its main church that was built in the 11th century. In the interior there are complex mosaics which depict religious events and are the best examples of Byzantine art of the period and at the dome you can see a big image of Christ pantocrator(almighty) which stuns you with its austere look.
The site was declared a World heritage site in 1990.
The best way to visit the monument is by taxi. I do not suggest the bus cause you'll have two change one or two lines. I think that from the center of Athens the taxi fare will be approximately 10 euros.
Currently there are still restoration works from the 1999 earthquake and entrance in the church may not be allowed.
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