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The Agios Pavlos church in Athens

Churches in Athens

Agios Pavlos
(Saint Paul)
The Anglican Church

You will find the Anglican Church between Filellion street and Amalias avenue. It is dedicated to Saint Paul. The church was built in 1838 for the small Anglican community in Athens who also raised the necessary funds. Henry Palmerston, the then Prime Minister of Britain, also made a donation.

The architect Charles Cockerell drew up the initial plan but in 1838, before construction had begun, Christian Hansen pushed new designs forward. The resulting church is a Victorian, neo-gothic building. It is a basilica with shorter aisles on the sides that are covered by gothic apses.

The walls of the church and the architrave are made of marble from the Hymittos mountain while Corinthian stone was used for the sculpted frames of the main door and windows. Only the windows and flutes of the arches have external painted decorations.

Inscriptions on the windows, walls and furniture, commemorate a number of leading figures from the Anglican community such as Richard Church who took part in the Greek War of Independence and later became a member of the Greek Parliament. Ever since its foundation, the church has been an important meeting point for the English-speaking community of Athens.

Locaton map Between Filellion street and Amalias avenue
Nearest metro station Monastiraki - Acropoli
For typical words, please consult our Greek glossary.


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