The Russian church of Athens

The imposing Russian church is not only one of the oldest churches in Athens, but also one of the most fascinating. This historic Christian temple has many secrets, from an ancient crypt to a very unusual painting of St. Paul depicting Greece’s first King Otto I, tiles decorated with Arabic letters, and the tomb of the richest person in the world. The Russian church viewed from Rallou Manou Square. © National Hellenic Research Foundation. Rising from a small square, just oppo

A little bit of Paris: Christ the Savior Church in Athens

Agios Sostis Church is a very peculiar Christian temple located on the neighborhood of Neos Cosmos. On the church’s foundation stone it is recorded that it was erected in thanksgiving for the “miraculous” rescue of King George I of Greece, hence the name Agios Sostis which translates in English as Christ the Savior. Christ the Savior Church on Andrea Syngrou Avenue. Photograph by Yannis Loizos. The assassination attempt    On February 14, 1898 while King George and his daugh

The Queen’s Gardens

The National Garden Behind the Old Palace (Parliament Building), lies a 16-hectare (40-acre) park, cherished by all Athenians. Formerly known as the “Royal Garden”, it was renamed the National Garden by decree in 1923. The Queen’s seat, this vantage-point once offered the Queen amazing views over the Acropolis and the Phaleron Bay. Photograph by Konstantinos Despotis The park was commissioned in 1838 by Amalia of Oldenburg, Queen Consort of Greece from 1836 to 1862 as the spo