Architectural History for studious beginners: Saints Anarghyri Kolokynthi
Saints Anarghyri. Religious architecture in Athens after Byzantium
In Erechteos Street, you will see the church of Saints Anarghyri Kolokynthi. Built around 1600, it belonged to a priest named Kolokynthis.
It’s a typical example of religious architecture in Athens under the Ottomans: low and without a dome, since, as we said, these two features were compulsory to make churches lower than mosques.
Saints Anarghyri Kolokynthi. Typical example of a church of Ottoman times, low, without a dome and of poor materials, reflecting the change of circumstances for Christians
Like most other Athenian churches, it underwent neoclassical interventions of ‘modernization’, which include the bell tower. The church is a dependency of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem).
To see the differences with a Byzantine church, click here http://culturehikes.com/en/architectural-history-saint-nicholas-ragava/
To see the video on Athens from Ottoman times to Independence, click here http://culturehikes.com/en/video-tour-pre-revolutionary-athens/
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