Athens, Greece - June 30, 2018. Chancel of The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, also known as the Mitropoli or Metropolis. Athens, Attica region, Greece.; Shutterstock ID 1155321160; your: Erin Lenczycki; gl: 65050; netsuite: Digital; full: POI

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Athens Cathedral


This ornate 1862 cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Athens. Far more significant, both historically and architecturally, is the small 12th-century cruciform-style marble Church of Agios Eleftherios next to the cathedral, built of bits and pieces of ancient temples and earlier Christian monuments.

Mass is held at 6.30am on Sundays.

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