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Address: Athinon avenue, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: +30 21 0581 1558
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the Byzantine Empire, this 11th century...

One of the greatest masterpieces of the Byzantine Empire, this 11th century masterpiece is currently being refurbished, so phone ahead to check if it’s open.

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At long last open, and worth seeing

It's a small church, with maybe 20 partially restored beautiful mosaic scenes, and a wonderful head of Jesus (remarkably similar to the one in Cefalu, Sicily) in the dome. They... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
annmacy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

It's a small church, with maybe 20 partially restored beautiful mosaic scenes, and a wonderful head of Jesus (remarkably similar to the one in Cefalu, Sicily) in the dome. They won't let you take photos, which is a pity, but it's very much worth seeing. We were dubious because of previous reviews on this site, but our hotel told us... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Off the beaten path of typical Athens, this monastery is inspiring. Definitely worth the drive and the visit.

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Estero, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

The Oracle of Delphi is high in the mountains about 3 hours from the city of Athens. While it is a long drive from Athens, it is worth it for the breathe taking views and the great displays in the museum. The guided tour of the ruins is definitely worth the time. So many great picture locations, you won't know... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

They will tell you it is open on Tues/Fri (8-3), which it is. But the frescoes cannot be seen, you will be instructed to walk around outside, and then sent on your merry way. Wait until the restoration is complete. This was a complete waste of time and a huge disappointment. Taxi from Monastaraki was 15 euro one way. I... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

I think it's way underrated. Should be one of the most valuable attraction over there. Very difficult to find as even local maps don't have the correct marks. Once you are there you'd be amazed. I1d definitely like to go back and see everything once the restauration is done.

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Ann Arbor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

The Monastery of Daphni is a hidden treasure. It is definitely "off the beaten track" and somewhat difficult to find, even for the experienced Athenian cabbie. Staying in the Plaka allows for quick access to many of Athens tourist sites, the Monastery is a mini trip from the Plaka. A fellow traveler on Tripadvisor nicely outlined a bus route to... More 

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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Only opened 2 days a week and full of scaffolding - it would be better to await until the restoration is over and the place opens more than 2 days a week

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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

Really wanted to see this World Heritage Site, and encouraged by others' reports that you can see even better and closer with the scaffolding, but that wasn't true for me. While the grounds are open 9-2 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, the church is closed. They sit you down and show you a video of the mosaics, but clearly it's... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

I was really looking forward to seeing mosaics at Dapfni, and according to the guide book, I would find it open, BUT please note it is only open on Tuesday and Fridays. We went on Saturday!!! Scaffolding, shut gates, covered in plastic sheeting - what a disappointment. I should have read other people's reviews. However, we made up for this... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

If you are an architecture fan, you might want to wait until the scaffolding, which is both inside and outside, comes down. But if you are interested in the mosaics, you might be better off now, when you can ascend the scaffolding and see many of the upper mosaics at eye level. Some of the prophets are obscured, and the... More 

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