Church of the Archangels (Taxiarches)


<Location> Corner of Dexippou and Taxiarches Streets (Near the Monastiraki Station and the Roman Agora), Athens, Attika, Greece

The legend says that this church was founded by the parents of St. Leontios the Athenian in the Ninth century. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1832, but it was reconstructed in 1922. The internal decoration was executed by a ikon painter from Zakynthos, D. Pelekasis. The exterior seems modern, but there is solemn and traditional atomosphere inside.

In this church is housed a miraculous ikon of the Virgin Mary. It was donated in 1945, and become a destination of pilgrimage as early as 1948. The ikon is called "Grigorousa".

Apart from the Divine Liturgy of Sundays, four daily service (Paraklesis) are celebrated in this church (9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 18:00 in summer, and 17:00 in winter). The celebrations are held on 8 Septermber in honour of the Holy Virgin, and on 9 November for the Archangels.

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