Thursday, April 23, 2015

St George Orthodox Church, Kifisia – Athens

In the North Athens suburb of Kifisia lies St. George Orthodox Church, a beautiful church, with fantastic icon paintings. This church was built in the mid-1920’s maintaining the architectural style of that period, i.e. being somewhat influenced by the West. Nonetheless, it has a dome, reminding us of a Basilica with a dome, the combination adopted after the 5th and 6th century in Byzantium.

The icon paintings adorn the whole interior of the church, depicting a number of events from Christ’s life on earth. It is interesting to identify that the dome was icon-painted by one person, whilst the rest of the church by another icon-painter. The first follows the westernised tradition, whilst the latter the Byzantine. 

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