Thematic Tour I - Byzantine Athens- Beyond the shade of the Acropolis

The meeting point is in Vasilissis Amalias Avenue and we are going to visit monuments and sites that are part of the Christian and Byzantine history.

We are starting from Areios Pagos Hill
Aside from the archaeological value of this site as the meeting place for the judicial body of the Parliament of the 6th century B.C., this emblematic rock, northwest of the Acropolis, commands a unique breathtaking view over Athens!
, northwest of the Acropolis, where Apostolos Pavlos first preached Christianity to the Athenians and walking to Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre
This is closely linked to the celebration of Greek Orthodox Easter, as this is the first stop of the Holy Light arriving from Jerusalem on the evening of the Resurrection. The temple of Agioi Anargyroi or Metochion of the Holy Sepulchre was built in the 17th century and is one of the finest spots in Plaka.
were the Holy Light from Jerusalem arrives every year at Easter. We are going to have a stroll in Anafiotika
Built in Cycladic architectural style in the mid-19th century, this Lilliputian neighbourhood is certainly one of the most picturesque in Athens.  It is located on the northeastern side of the Acropolis rock at the edge of the district of Plaka.
and other parts of the old city, Plaka and then moving on to the Holy Archdiocese of Athens
The Holy Archdiocese Athens, is the seat of the Church of Greece. Its region includes the wider area of Athens and its surrounding areas.
were we are going to see also the house were Saint Filothei lived, maybe the older house in Athens and recently converted to a museum. A bit further down we visit the Holy Metropolis of Athens
The Holy Metropolis is dedicated to the Annunciation.
In 1842 the Danish, Theofilos Hansen undertook the planning, selecting a combination of western Renaissance and gothic elements. Later the work was continued by Dimitrios Zezos who added additional Byzantine elements. Francois Boulanger and Panagiotis Kalkos were responsible for its final appearance as a three-aisled domed basilica with Byzantine and neoclassical elements.

, dedicated to the Annunciation. Just beside it is the Church of Panagia Gorgouphkoos (meaning quick help coming from above) and Saint Eleutheriou.

The tour will culminate at the Byzantine Museum
One of the most important museums internationally for the art and culture of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine years. The Byzantine and Christian Museum houses more than 25,000 objects, which date from the 3rd to 20th century and come from the wider Greece, Asia Minor and Balkan Area.
, one of the most important museums internationally for the art and culture of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine years.

Of course time will be set aside for at least one break for a hot or cold beverage, a traditional sweet or anything else the group needs!