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The Agios Konstantinos church in Athens

Churches in Athens

Agios Konstantinos
(Saint Constantine)

The large and impressive church of Saint Constantine is situated on Agiou Konstantinou street which connects Omonia square with Karaiskaki square. In 1869 the city council decided to build a church dedicated to Saint Constantine to celebrate the birth of the Prince Royal and future king Constantine I.

Funds were raised by collections and Lissandros Kaftantzoglou designed the building. Construction began in 1871 and was completed in 1893 when the church was inaugurated. Queen Olga, Prince Constantine’s mother, paid for the decoration and other miscellaneous works necessary to complete the church.

Architect Kaftantzoglou despised the Byzantine style and believed that modern Greek architecture should be modeled upon ancient Greek style. The result, according to many architects, is a failure. Despite its imposing character, largely due to its size and the extensive use of marble, the building is not well proportioned but seems heavy and overbearing.

Location map Agiou Konstantiniou street
Nearest metro station Omonia - Metaxourghio
For typical words, please consult our Greek glossary.


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