The imposing Athens Cathedral is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and located in downtown on Mitropoleos square, in between Syntagma and Monastiraki. It was designed by the architect Theophil Hansen in 1842 and its construction was completed in 1862.
It is a fine sample of 19th century eclecticism. The frescos in its interior are works of Spyridon Gallinas and Alexander Seitz, while its decoration was supervised by the painter Konstantinos Fanellis from Smyrni. The sculptures, the marble columns and the pulpit were designed by the sculptor Georgios Fitalis.
Some of its highlights are the graves of Agia Filothei and the Patriarch Gregorios V, as well as the parts of the chain which was used to keep Saint Paul captive in the prison of Rome. Right next to the cathedral you will see the small church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos (meaning Virgin Mary that grands requests swiftly), which is often referred to as “Little Metropolis”.