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“Beautiful, tranquil site”

Kaisariani Monastery (Kessariani)
Ranked #58 of 320 things to do in Athens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and the reconstruction of a monk's cell.
Reviewed 10 May 2014

This Monastery is well worth the short trek out of Central Athens. We visited one morning and were the only visitors there. Consequently, we were able to soak up the wonderful, peaceful and Holy atmosphere in this sacred site. The Chapel is absolutely delightful, a real gem. The reconstruction works give a really good sense of how it must have been for the monks living in the monastery. It only costs a few Euros to gain entry so definitely worth a visit. We didn't have time but there looked to be some lovely walks in the woods just outside the monastery.

2  Thank Christopher E
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

One has to have a car in order to reach this place, which is situated on a hill overlooking Athens, filled with pine trees and cypresses. Half way towards the top of the hill, we see some old stone buildings, a small fountain and small paths. Following the paths and the tall stone wall, we find the entrance of a tiny byzantine convent of the 11th century. The convent is now abandoned, but it is very well restored. It contains two small churches, one big dinning room and kitchen area, all in stone, as well as many tiny rooms of the monks, all in a line. The scale of each of the edifices is very small in comparison with today's grandiose architecture, something that immediately strikes the visitor and shows the modesty and humbleness of christians back then. In the center of all these small buildings there is place for tiny gardens as well, while the convent is surrounded by big cypresses which offer an exquisite allure to the place.

3  Thank Kalari12
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

One of the most serene places we visited while in Greece. This is a beautiful old monastery, and our guide was most entertaining. The views are beyond words to truly describe them. I was so glad we had hours to spend there before lunch.

1  Thank CRW1028
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

I know Kaeserianie very well, since I lived once opposite on the Lycabitos hill. Very often I wondered why the Athenians don't use this wonderful park, reachable with bus too, in front of their nose!!!
Till now I can't explain it ! Unfortunatly one cannot go into the church anymore. Since a great earthquake it isn't secure any more.The best way to go ist: You enter the grounds besides the church,passing wonderful old mapletrees, There are 3 terrasses which give the children much to play or have a picknik. It has nice shade in the summer months too.You follow the paths as it leads you up the hills, enjoy the bushes,trees and flowers and soon you have a glorious view over Athens.If you continue the path you will see a very old bycantine church. If you inspect the stones closer you will see that they took many stones from an old temple that must have been there before.If you are lucky you can see some donkeys too.
It is really a great recreation area for young and old in all seasons.Don't miss it.

2  Thank Marilona V
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

The Monastery and its surroundings especially in Spring time is the top place for a pic-nick, for hide and seek and exploration in the colorful and blooming nature.

Thank Valia P
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