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Sotira tou Kottaki Church

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Sotira tou Kottaki
(The Savior of Kottaki)

This church, better known as Agia Sotira, is situated between Kydathenaeion and Sotiros streets in Plaka. It has its festival on the day of the Transfiguration of the Savior. The church was named after the Kottakis family who are extensively mentioned in legal documents of the mid-18th century but seem to have been in Athens long before then.Sotira tou Kottaki floor plan

The original cell of the church is a domed cross-in-square that dates back to the end of the 10th century. In theory, it is one of the earliest Byzantine churches in Athens. The large semicircular apses on the eastern side and the cross-shaped arrangement of the roof are the only remains of the original church.

During the Greek War of Independence, the church suffered extensive damage. Between 1827 and 1855 it functioned as the parish for the Russian community of Athens, later transferred to the nearby Church of the Savior of Lykodemos, now known as the Russian Church.

During that time as well as in 1908 and 1917, the church underwent significant repairs that altered its form. The bell tower was built in 1908.

Location map Kydathineion and Sotiros streets - Plaka
Nearest metro station Monastiraki - Acropoli
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