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Agios Georgios church (Lycabettus)

Agios Georgios Church at the top of Lycabettus Hill.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    Constructed in the 18th century. The chapels were constructed in the 19th century.

    1902 Construction of bell tower.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The main church is dedicated to St. George, and it is a one-aisled basilica. It was expanded during the 19th century with two chapels. Built on top of one of the highest hills of the city, it is in dialectic with the Acropolis. The Acropolis is reminiscent of the glorious past of the ancient Greeks, and the church of St. George is reminiscent of the Christian faith from Byzantium and beyond. This dialectic serves a symbolic purpose, making a connection between modern Greeks and both antiquity and Byzantium.

What I can't see

It is built at the site of an earlier Byzantine church. In the 19th century, the monk Emmanuel Louloudakis lived here and was buried on the hill. The bell tower was built later, and the first bell was a gift of Queen Olga of Russia. The bell broke under mysterious circumstances and was replaced with a new one.


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Field observation by scientific editors