Athens, Greece

Panoramic view of the Acropolis and the city of Athens, Greece. Photo Creative Commons License Alan Grant.

Athens is Greece's capital and largest city, with a population of over 745,000 within the city limits. Named for its patron goddess Athena, the historic city of Athens is famed for its wealth of classical temples and museums full of ancient art and artifacts. Athens is also home to an important biblical site, numerous historic Greek Orthodox churches, more than one mosque, and several modern religious sites.

The famous Temple of Athena Parthenos, built in 440 BC, crowns the Acropolis. It was a major sacred site and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek architecture anywhere.
Temple of Hephaestus
This fine Doric temple was built just two years before the Parthenon, dedicated to the god of volcanoes and metalworking.
Mitrópoli (Cathedral)
The largest church in Athens, this 19th-century cathedral is the spiritual headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church. Its interior is lavishly and colorfully decorated.
Areopagus (Mars Hill)
This bald marble hill approached by slippery steps was home to the Athenian council and court, where Socrates was condemned and Paul spoke about "the Unknown God."
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Finally completed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian after centuries of construction, this was one of the largest temples in the ancient world.
Mikrí Mitropolí
This tiny 12th-century church next to the cathedral is dedicated to the "Virgin Who Answers Prayers Quickly." The facade features a quirky patchwork of classical artifacts and medieval sculpture.
Agios Nikólaos Ragavás Church
This attractive 11th-century church in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens is often used for weddings.
Agii Apostoli Church
Located on the Ancient Agora of Athens, this Byzantine church dates from the 10th century. It is one of the oldest churches in the city.