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The Taxiarches-Panagia Grigorousa church

Churches in Athens

Taxiarches - Panagia Grigorousa
(Archangel Michael and Virgin Mary)

Between the archaeological sites of Hadrian’s Library and the Roman Agora, in Dexippou street, you’ll find the church of Taxiarches (Archangels Michael and Gabriel) and Virgin Mary (Panagia)-Grigoroussa built in the 19th century.

At the same site there used to be a small church of Taxiarches in the Byzantine period. The church was of the cross-in-square two columned type with a dome. Its original form dates back to the 12the century. Later on, under Frankish rule, a narthex and a bell tower were added while in the Ottoman period, the Last Judgment was depicted on the façade.

The church of the Prophet Elias (Profitis Ilias) of the Staropazaro (wheat market) used to be a little to the north. It probably was a building dating back to the Byzantine period (11-12th century) that was converted into a church and decorated in the 15th century. Both medieval churches were pulled down around the mid-19th century during the archaeological research in the Roman Agora.

Location map Dexippou street
Nearest metro station Monastiraki
For typical words, please consult our Greek glossary. Top of the page


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