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Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church)

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Address: Filellinon 21 | Plaka, Athens, Greece

The Sotira Lykodimou Church (better known locally as the Russian Church,...

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 century. It is a domed octagon with a low roof, and tall, three-sided apses.

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 February 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 Athens, and the largest remaining medieval building in Athens. It was founded by Stefan Lykodemou... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

Worth taking a look if you are in the neighbourhood as it is in a pretty good state. We werent able to see inside unfortunately as it wasnt opened. It is interesting to see the bell tower detached a few meters away from the main entrance.

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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, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
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