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Church of Our Lady Faneromeni

The Church of Our Lady Faneromeni is a rare example of high level design in contemporary Orthodox church architecture.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    2008 Cornerstone was put on 14/9.

    2011 Inaugurated on 11/5.

  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

This cruciform church covers an area of ​​580 sq.m., has influences from early Christian and Cycladic churches, but is a work apparently influenced by modern architectural trends. Its volumes remind of tradition, but at the same time it is a pioneering work. Its colour is not accidental. The earthy colour is to remind viewers of a clay sculpture that starts from the ground and peaks at the dome, giving a sense of aging. This makes the work more familiar and discreet. The bell tower is perforated to show the turntable stairs, symbolizing a spiritual rise. The glass arch above the bronze entrances allows the natural light to pass through and give the faithful contact with the environment outside. Even the movable parts of the church (e.g. seats, sleeves, etc.) are designed by the architect to serve the uniform logic of the building. Similarly, hagiographer Giorgos Cordis decorated the church.

What I can't see

It is a rare phenomenon for modern Orthodox churches to have architectural interest. They usually have excessive elements to impress, unlike small chapels that calm the visitor. This is what architect Voula Didoni sought through the simplicity in the design and sonic study of the church (there are only 2 speakers). Even the ecclesiastical committee for the evaluation of new projects was excited, which was unexpected given their approval of the architecture of most churches. The architect, however, thinks that the problem is not the committee, but the lack of inspiration on the part of some of her colleagues. Initially, another church of different design was built, but was left unfinished during the basement’s concrete phase. With the sponsorship of the Martinou family, however, the present church was built, along with the spiritual centre that houses a small theatre.


Laoutaris G., (2015), Παναγία Φανερωμένη στη Βουλιαγμένη: Παράδοση και Πρωτοπορία, [Panagia Faneromeni Church in Vouliagmeni: Tradition and pioneer]

Last visit 2/5/2019