Храм Успения Монастираки
В храме Паданаса можно увидеть немало религиозных реликвий. Например, старинные иконы из других афинских храмов, которые были уничтожены во время революции 1821 года: чудотворную икону Панагии Элиусы, великомучениц Агаты и Ирены, Святого Николая Нотараса, Святого новомученника Никиты Никсироса и многих других.
Как добраться до храма Успения Монастираки:
- на метро, станция Монастираки
Фото и текст: Александр Фролов
The Church of Assumption of Monastiraki
It is also known as “Pantanassa” and is one of the trademarks of Monastiraki. This beautiful Byzantine church with the great history is among the first things you will see leaving the metro station of Monastiraki and is rightly considered as the jewel of the namesake square.
It was built between the late 8th and the early 9th century and was dedicated to the Mother of God. It is an arch-roofed three-aisled basilica and used to be the church of the Monastery “Big Monastery”, which occupied the area of the current square of Monastiraki and was demolished in 1870-1880. Actually, that is how the whole area got its name.
This wonderful church they say that hosted in the past the notorious icon of Panagia Soumela, which was work of the Evangelist Luke. Due to the pirate invasions however, the Mother of God had appeared in the dreams of two brothers-priests, leading them to transfer the icon at the Mount Melas in Pontus, where the historical monastery of Panagia Soumela was founded.
Among the remarkable religious relics that are preserved in the church of Pantanassa you will see old icons from the Athenian churches that had been destroyed during the Revolution of 1821, wonderful portable icons by Photis Kontoglou (the known Greek writer, painter and icon painter) and the miraculous icon of Panagia Eleousa. The church also guards the sacral of the Saint Barbara the Great Martyr, the Martyr Agathe, the Irene the Big Martyr, the Saint Nickolaos Notaras, the Nikiforos of Chios, the Nikitas the New Martyr of Nisyros and the Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis.
Church of Assumption of Monastiraki, Monastiraki Square, metro station Monastiraki.
Τext: Marilou Pantazi