It is said that God is inside us, and it is true. However, the places of worship we have built and dedicated to God are for more than sightseeing–they are destinations for both the body and the soul.
The tour begins at the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral of Athens. The temple stands proudly in the center of the city, and has embedded within it pieces from old Byzantine churches, which were used in its construction.
Next, we will see the Kaissariani Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Athens. It is built in the forest, at the foot of Mount Hymettus. The green which surrounds the monastery allows visitors to feel the close connection between nature and the divine. The monastery was built upon the ruins of the Temple of Demeter, Goddess of fertility and the earth.
The next stop is Asteriou Monastery. It is a well-hidden building which has remained intact since the 5th Century.
Finally, we will see the Dafniou Monastery, the most important Byzantine monument in Athens. The monastery was built on the Temple of Apollo, and still contains one of the temple’s original columns. This monastery contains some of the most well-preserved Byzantine mosaics.
This tour ends with the Pendeli Monastery. The monastery was built in 1587 when the skeleton of a monk holding a picture of the Virgin Mary was found at this location. This site was a spiritual center of Athens during the Turkish Occupation, and is still a unique destination where visitors can come in contact with the divine.