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Thon villa’s Agios Nikolaos church

Thon villa's Agios Nikolaos church is a small church of neoclassical architecture with a hemispherical dome.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1891 Mansion construction.

    1900 Around this year, the church was constructed.

  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

Small neoclassical church, designed by Ernest Ziller. It was part of the villa of Nikolaos Thon, which has not survived. Nicholas Thon was a financial adviser to King George I.

What I can't see

The church, where the king often attended mass, had luxurious utensils, icons, and stained glass from Russia. The bell was made in 1898 at the Hellenic Gunpowder Factory. The villa consisted of a two-storey building, ancillary buildings, a fountain, lampposts, decorative sculptures and busts of heroes of the Greek Revolution. Before its destruction, it was used in various ways, such as a prison, hospital and school. Ion Dragoumis was also abused here and a few hours later was murdered on Vasilissis Sofias Street, at the place where his monument is located today. In December 1944, during the Greek Civil War, the mansion was blown up, and in 1946 what was left was demolished.


  • Address: 1-3 Kifissias Av.


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


Kardamitsi Adami M., (1997), Εκκλησάκι αντίγραφο έργου του Τσίλερ, [Small church, copy of Ziller’s work], in Kathimerini, in Archaeology of the City of Athens, (d.u.), Ναός Αγίου Νικολάου έπαυλης Θων, [Church of Agios Nikolaos of Thon Mansion] in National Research Foundation

Last visit 2/8/2020