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Church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai

Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai
AffiliationGreek Orthodox
DistrictArchbishopric of Athens
LocationAthens, Greece
Geographic coordinates38°00′27″N 23°43′44″E / 38.0075°N 23.728889°E / 38.0075; 23.728889
Architect(s)Ioannis Papadakis, Georgios Nomikos
StyleByzantine Revival architecture
Completed1930 (partly)
Capacity2,400 m2
Length63 m (outer)
Width48 m (outer)

The church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai (Greek: Άγιος Παντελεήμων Αχαρνών)[1] is a Greek Orthodox basilica in the center of Athens. It has a maximum length of 63 m and width 48 m and it is the biggest[2][3] church of Greece. The church is in the downtown of the modern city of Athens, close to the high-traffic Acharnon Avenue.

The foundations of the church were laid on 12 September 1910 by King George I of Greece and it was consecrated on 22 June 1930. The church's interior paintings were created by the painter Giannis Karouzos (1937-2013). It took him 23 years to complete the painting of the 6,000 m2 surface of the interior walls of the church.[4]

Other sources consider Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Patras, and not Church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai, as the largest orthodox church in Greece.

See also


  1. ^ "Thanati Fotini, Saint Panteleimon church historical notes and photos, Assignment for the course "Local History", 3rd grade, 67th High school of Athens, 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  2. ^ Άγιος Παντελεήμων Αχαρνών
  3. ^ "Άγιος Παντελεήμονας Αχαρνών: Η μεγαλύτερη Εκκλησία της Ελλάδας". (in Greek). 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  4. ^ Giannis Karousos, The hagiographer of Saint Panteleimon Acharnon, article in newspaper KATHIMERINI (07/08/2013)
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