"Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea" Churches and Monasteries Tip by Christianne

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  Kapnikarea Church
by Christianne

Favorite thing: The Kapnikarea Church is situated in the middle of a little square at the intersection of the Ermou and Kapnikarea streets in Monastiraki.
The church was built on the ruins of an ancient temple which dedicated to a female goddess, possibly Athena or Demeter. It was founded at the beginning of the 11th century (around 1050 A.D.).
Most of the paintings inside the church are the work of the famous Greek artist Photis Contoglou.
The name probably comes from the its donor who gave the money for the church in the 11th centure.
It was restored in 1950.

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2005
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