The Byzantine Iconography

Athens is a city rich in churches and Byzantine monuments. During this cultural/religious walk we will visit 4 very important churches, related to the Byzantine Religious Iconography. We will learn about the origins, the significance and the techniques and finally we will be introduced to the basics of “making an icon”. Every single church we will visit during this tour is a true jewelry for the city of Athens and is representative of the period which was constructed.

Detailed Itinerary

09:00 Meeting outside the hotel Airotel Parthenon for walking towards for “Panagia Spiliotissa” (Madonna of the cave), located at the foot of Acropolis. The church is part of a cave and was built on the place of Dionysus temple (320 BC).

We then heading to Plaka where you will see  the 11th century church of St. Nikolas Ragavas, which was part of the Ragava’s family palace. Michel A’ was a member of this family and has served as King of the Byzantine Empire.

Our next stop is at the Cathedral of Athens. Visit to the adjacent small church of St.Eleftherios (12th century) that in the past was served as the Archbishops’ main place. This church was built with marbles originated from ancient temples of Athens.

Our last visit is at Kapnikarea church which was built between the 11th to 13th centuries. Following its restoration the contemporary “Neo-Byzantine” paintings dated back to 1940s, painted by the famous Byzantine painter Photis Kontoglou.

Our walking tour comes to an end at Ermou street.

What's Included

  • Visits as per detailed itinerary
  • Geo Routes Tour Director
  • Geo Routes Information Material
  • Liability Insurance
  • VAT


3 hours religious cultural walking tour


Daily on request – not operate on Sundays
(bookings close 72 hours prior to departure)

Departure Points

  • Hotel Airotel Parthenon


  • Panagia Spyliotissa
  • St. Nikolas Ragavas
  • St. Eleftherios
  • Kapnikarea


Cultural Heritage
Cultural Heritage
History – Archaeology
History – Archaeology
Places of Religious Interest
Places of Religious Interest

Tour Pricing

Private Tour 2 pax: 225.00€ pp
Private Tour 4 pax: 125.00€ pp
Private Tour 6 pax: 89.00€ pp
Group Tour: from 39.00€ pp

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