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"The Daphni Monastery" Daphni Monastery Tip by Paul2001

Daphni Monastery, Athens: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  The Daphni Monastey
by Paul2001

The Daphni Monastery is the most important Byzantine era site in Athens. There has been monastery on this spot in the Athen suburbs since the 6th century. The building that you see today, which is actually just the main church, dates from the 11th century. The rest of the monastic structures did not survive the test of time and were destoyed by earthquakes and invaders.
Although the building itself is architectually interesting, the real reason why you made it out to the Daphni monastery is the awe inspiring mosaics. These mosaics are among the most important artworks that remain from Byzantine times that can be seen anywhere. Each mosaic panel tells of an episode in the life of Jesus and in the life of the Virgin Mary. For me they were spellbinding. So much so that I lingered for a very long time gazing up at them.
The Daphni Monastery does not receive the hordes of tourists that visit all of Athens other great sites. In fact there were only a handful here when I visited.
I have included some images of the mosaics that you will find inside of the church in a travelogue section.

Directions: West of the city centre
Phone: 01-581-1558

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 31, 2005
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