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Saint Thomas

Churches in Athens

Agios Thomas
(Saint Thomas)

The remains of the Byzantine church of Saint Thomas are situated on Vrissakiou street behind the Stoa of Attalos. The church’s apses can be seen on the east, as well as the bases of the columns that separated the church’s aisles and a number of marble architectural elements.

The church was first built in the 6th-7th century and was renovated between the 9th and the 10th century. Soon after the Ottomans had occupied the country, the church was deserted and left in ruins until the 17th century when a new church was built on the same site. Up until the end of Ottoman rule, Saint Thomas was the church of the Lympones family who were buried here and who descended from the Athenian branch of the Palaiologos family.

Between 1834-35, the church and the entire surrounding area were sold by the state to Prince Georgios Katakouzinos who demolished the church in order to build more houses. Manolis Chatzidakis excavated the major part of the church’s remains.

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


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