Above the Dionysus Theater, during the Byzantine Era, a cave (spilia) housed for the first time the church of Panagia Spilotissa. In ancient times the cave was a Dionysus temple built by Thrasyllos in 320 BC and two Ionian pillars are still remaining from this temple.
Access to the church is possible through a difficult path that begins at the highest point of Dionysus Theater. The church interior is one of the quaintest representatives of the “alternative” places to worship that started to emerge in Athens during the 6th Century A.D., following the decrees sent by the Byzantine Emperors.
Church of Panagia Spiliotissa
At the Archaeological Area of Theater of Dionysus
10555 Athens (Greece)
Tel. +30 210 - 3224625
HOW TO GET THERE
BY ATHENS METRO: 2 (Red Line), Station "Akropolis"
BY BUS: 024, 040, 057, 103, 106, 108, 111, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 155, 206, 208, 227, 230, 237, 856, A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4, E2, E22
TROLLEY: 1, 5, 15
BY FOOT: From Syntagma Square, follow Filellinon Street to Vasilissis Amalias Avenue, until you meet the walkway of Dionysiou Aeropagitou. Follow it all the way up and you will see the Theater of Dionysus below the Acropolis Hill, on your right hand side. Here is the Panagia Spilliotisa Church located.
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