The Chapel of Saint George on the Lycabettus Hill

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Saint George Lycabettus Athens
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Friday, September 9, 2011

What a Panoramic View of Athens!!

The little 19th century chapel of St.George is actually a double one. The first half is dedicated to St. George and the other one to Prophet Elias. The view is breathtaking and my new friend Kaveh from Iran offers to take one or two pictures of me.

A little below the church there is a beautiful café and restaurant and I have already booked our dinner with Yianni here the night before I fly to Cyprus. The panoramic view of the city of Athens is priceless on a clear day, and even if this is not one of the clearest ones, I don't regret it. It is worth every moment climbing here. The view extends to the Panathenean Stadium, the Acropolis, the Zappeion area and the National Gardens, the Saronic Gulf and Piraeus, and the whole suburbs surrounding the city of Athens.

During the Eve of Easter the chapel is popular with many Greeks who come here to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The view from Constitution square is spectacular as the Lycabettus hill seems more impressive encircled by candles during this procession.

With the coming of spring and the blooming of flowers the spot becomes a popular getaway for Athenians. Many are those who climb up the hill the first of May for a short stroll to pick wild flowers for their wreaths which are put over their house doors.

Very popular are also the wild cyclamens that sprout and disperse among pine and aloe plants. A place to unwind and relax! Personally I believe that there is always a reason to come up here.

The Open-air Theatre on the Lycabettus hill hosts several events as part of the Athens summer Festival starting from early June till the beginning of October. Those who come can enjoy some of the best modern and ancient plays. What a great way to escape for some moments of let-up!! This specific day it hosts a concert. People are already gathering but what I don't like is that there will surely be a parking problem in the area tonight.

I take the way down the hill on the opposite side this time planning to visit another interesting spot. Find about it in my next entry…..
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mmbcross on

Coincidentally the last chapter in "Bitter Lemons" (I just finished reading it) is the Englishman with his dear friend Panos collecting wild cyclamen from around the village of Klepini (Kyrenia District). He left the island before independence and the Turkish invasion. Of course, Klepini is now in the Turkish occupied zone.

venoth on

Its a beautiful chapel and the environment is serene. Excellent photographs too Popi! Thanks for sharing.

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