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The Agios Georgios church in Athens


Churches in Athens

Agios Georgios
(Saint George)


The church of Saint George on Piraios street is one of the most elegant examples of modern religious architecture in Athens. Built in 1910, it was designed by Ernst Ziller and formed part of the wider building complex of the Georgios and Aikaterini Chatzikostas Orphanage, designed by the same architect.

The church was surrounded by the boundary of all of this institution which meant that it was not visible or easily accessible for the public. With the demolition of the orphanage in 1963, however, this early work of the German architect could be admired. Ziller attempted to develop a particular type of small, Christian church, an impressive dominating dome that covers most of the building, decorative arched endings on the upper walls, multilobed windows and pediments at the end of the cruciform plan.

The imaginativeness and elegance of Saint George’s church are unfortunately missing from the later church of The holy Trinity (Agia Tiada) of 1925, which is situated a bit further on the on the other side of the road. Its bulk has blocked the view towards Kerameikos to a great extend.

Location map Piraios street
Nearest metro station Monastiraki
For typical words, please consult our Greek glossary.


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