Panagia Kapnikarea Church in Athens, Greece - Encircle Photos

32 Panagia Kapnikarea Church in Athens, Greece

Panagia Kapnikarea is another Byzantine church. It was constructed in 1050 AD over the site of a temple devoted to either Athena (goddess of wisdom and war) or Demeter (goddess of agriculture). Oddly, the namesake of this church was an ancient tax collector. It is assumed Kapnikares provided funds for construction. In the early 1830s, the deteriorating church was slated for destruction but then saved by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Panagia Kapnikarea Church is now the property of the University of Athens.


Ermou 55, Kapinkareas 2, Athina 105 63, Greece


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