CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES
The prevalence of Christianity and the construction of the first Christian churches during the 5th Century A.D. greatly influenced the shaping of the city of Athens.
During 437 A.D., Theodosius the 2ndĒs decrees forced the conversion of all ancient temples to Christian churches. Parthenon, Erechtheion, the south section of Propylaea, the Temple of Hephaestus, the Clock of Andronicus of Cyrrhus (The Tower of the Winds) and the HadrianĒs Library were converted to churches.
Other churches were built in the vicinity of Olympieion (Temple of Olympian Zeus), the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, underneath Areopagus and various other locations.
Most of the churches were built during the 10th to 12th Centuries, calculated to be more than 40.
Some of them remain today in their original shape, with only small repairs or additions, such as the Sotiria Lykodimou, Agioi Apostoloi in the Ancient Agora area, Kapnikarea, Agioi Theodoroi in Klafthmonos Square, Panagia Gorgoepikoos (Agios Eleftherios) next to Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Agioi Asomatoi, Agia Aikaterini and Agios Ioannis Theologos.
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Under the building of Ministry of Education and Religion there is a small church wedged between two columns. This is the church of ''Agia Dynami'' – the Holy Power of the Virgin. Do not pass it by, for it is an oasis of simplicity that has survived since the 16th Century worthy of your time.
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