The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the grandest churches in this ancient city. But it’s by no means the oldest. There are several others that date back to the Byzantine era. Even the tiny little church right next to the Metropolis dates back to the 12th century. The cathedral, by contrast, was dedicated in May 1862.
In recent years, the cathedral (or Metropolis, as its often known) has been undergoing renovations. Here are some shots of what it looks like inside. It gets mixed reviews. It’s large and, in typical Greek Orthodox style, opulently decorated–some would say gawdy, considering that it’s relatively new rather than many centuries old as it looks to be trying to present itself.
What To Know Before You Go
Expect renovations and closed-off sections.
It’s also known as Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation). It sits on a square in the Monastiraki neighborhood, not far from the Ancient Agora.
Travel Advice for Greece
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Health & Vaccinations
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Guidebooks for Greece
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Greece. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Avalon Travel Publishing
- Rick Steves
- Frommer s Athens and the Greek Islands
- Stephen Brewer
- Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong, Alexis Averbuck, Carolyn Bain, Michael S Clark, Anna Kaminski, Korina...
- Lonely Planet
- Rick Steves Pocket Athens
- Rick Steves
- DK Eyewitness Travel the Greek Islands Eyewitness Travel Guide
- DK Travel