Small Metropolitan : Michelin's recommendations
The Small Metropole is placed under the protection of the «Virgin who answers prayers quickly» (Panagía Gorgoepíkoos), and is a charming Byzantine church of the 12C, the ground plan of which is in the form of a Greek cross, with a cupola the small proportions of which give some idea of the scale of dwellings in Athens in this time. In the outer walls many older decorative elements have been re-used. Thus, between two Corinthian capitals marking the corners of the façade runs a curious ancient frieze (4C B.C.), representing the Months with the signs of the Zodiac and the corresponding festivals or activities. On this same façade, also note several bas-reliefs (9 -10C) with symbolic Christian subjects: lions on either side of a cross (gate lintel); griffins feeding on eucharistic grapes, peacocks drinking from the source of eternal life. However, the twin-bar cross and the coats of arms of the La Roches and the Villehardouins (pediment) are additions from the Frankish period (13C). Other sculpted marbles, ancient and Byzantine, decorate the side walls and the chevet, where an ancient bas-relief represents dancing women.
- Address : Pl. Métropoléos GR - 10556 Athína10556Athína
- Prices : free of charge
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