Thursday, January 14, 2016

Virgin Mary Faneromeni, Vouliagmeni, Athens

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Panayia Faneromeni (the Revealed Virgin Mary), located in Vouliagmeni, Southern Athens, is a church building which unites traditional Byzantine architecture together with a modern twist to it. It also reminds the visitor of a semi-Aegean island architectural style. Nevertheless, it does follow the traditional expression of an Orthodox Church, whereby it has a dome and the Church is shaped in a cross shape.

Interestingly enough, the icon painting of the interior of the Church was completed by my professor, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Theology, George Kordis, who has a unique way of icon painting. His work is identifiable straight away, due to the way he paints the Saints and the colours he uses. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the priest in-charge of this parish is Fr George Atzoulatos, a family friend.

It is also important to mention the Martinou family, who built this wonderful Church paying for all the expenses for the completion of this parish Church. If anyone is in the Greek capital and wishes to see a different and modern Church, which marries well the Byzantine and modern ecclesiastical architectural style, then Panayia Faneromeni is the Church to go. 

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