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Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumpardiaris

The church of Agios Dimitrios Loumpardiaris has been reconstructed by materials of ancient, byzantine and folk traditions, a combination of architecture and daily life.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1955 Restored.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

    The older churches that had been built and reconstructed were of the 9th and 12th century AD.

  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 church of Agios Dimitrios Loumpardiaris was reconstructed by architect Dimitris Pikionis in the 16th-century form. Pikionis used material from ancient, Byzantine and folk traditions, in which rural people used to build their houses with materials from their local areas. He applied this practice, thus combining architecture with everyday life. The wooden roof is a direct reference to the Greek monastery and the hut, as an archetypal origin of subsequent architecture.

What I can't see

According to tradition, in the 17th century and the eve of the feast of St. Demetrius, Yusuf Agha (Ottoman commander of the Acropolis) was preparing to bomb the church from the Acropolis, throwing a “loumparda” (= cannon shot), thereby killing all Christians who would have gathered there. However, a bolt of lightning struck the powder keg of the Acropolis, killing him and his family, except for his daughter, who then became Christian. From this legend arose the names Loumpardiaris, Bombardiaris, Lampardiaris and Lompardiaris, meaning bomber.


  • Address: Filopappou Hill


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


Tassis Ch., (2012), Δημήτρης Πικιώνης, Μια νοητική περιήγηση στους λιθόστρωτους δρόμους, τα μονοπάτια και τον Άγιο Δημήτρη Λουμπαρδιάρη, [Dimitris Pikionis, A mental tour around the pavements, the paths and Aghios Dimitris Loumpardiaris], Hellenic Open University


Technical Chamber of Greece (2000), Διαμόρφωση Αρχαιολογικού Χώρου γύρω από την Ακρόπολη και τον λόφο του Φιλοπάππου, [Landscaping of the Archaeological Site around the Acropolis and Filopappou Hill], culture2000,

Last visit 27/8/2015