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Kaisariani Monastery (Kessariani)

Mount Ymittos-Kaisariani | 5 km from Athens, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0723 6619
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Medieval jewel above the fray of modern Athens

This monastery, founded in the 11th c but now converted to a museum makes for a beautiful day trip... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Barringtonian
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San Clemente, CA
Wonderfull

The monastery itself wasn't impressive, but the surrounding is amazing. Take a hike in nature not... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mostafa B
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This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and the reconstruction of a monk's cell.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good23%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“monks' cells” (2 reviews)
“byzantine era” (2 reviews)
“forest” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Mount Ymittos-Kaisariani | 5 km from Athens, Athens, Greece
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+30 21 0723 6619
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monastery, founded in the 11th c but now converted to a museum makes for a beautiful day trip. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the spacious, shady grounds. The charming little church was beautifully frescoed in the 18th c and repays a leisurely visit....More

2  Thank Barringtonian
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The monastery itself wasn't impressive, but the surrounding is amazing. Take a hike in nature not far from the city.

Thank Mostafa B
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

What is called a monastery is actually a complex of various attractions and historical buildings. The monastery itself is located in a remote place without any signs so it is easy to miss it. I would recommend you start by walking through the forest. You...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

lovely place hidden in the hills nearby Athens - only 20 min by car There are some hiking paths and nice view spots

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We did a Sunday morning visit to the Kaisariani Monastery. We took a taxi to the monastery. The taxi driver was very nice and asked if we would like him to wait for us (we declined as we planned to take the bus back to...More

2  Thank CissiSweden
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

We visited this museum on a weekday and it was worth it. The buildings are well-preserved and throw a light into a centuries-past monastic life. Although there are other such survivors of the Byzantine tradition (Mystra and Dafni amongst them), this one is very close...More

2  Thank terry2017782
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

A lovely small byzantine monastery of the 11th century with an area around it worth visiting! The monastery itself is a small jewel , with the main church and chapel of St. Antony, the kitchen, dinning area and cells. It is now a museum and...More

2  Thank AthinaKyr
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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

A really peaceful and special place to visit. The walk to the monastery is lovely and makes it part of the serene attraction. Ok to do in cooler weather too. Bring your comfy walking shoes!

Thank Renee R
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

The monastery is from the 11th Century: beautiful. You can see the cells, the chapel of St. Anthony, the kitchen and refectory. There are very interesting frescoes in the 'main' church. It is located at the feet of Mt Ymittos, very close to Athens. The...More

2  Thank daunia
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Kaisarianis monastery (Moni Kaisarianis) is a well preserved monastery of 11th century, located in the aesthetic forest of Ymittos Mountain. It is a piece of paradise only a few minutes away from the busy center of Athens . It can be reached by taxi or...More

7  Thank daphnia_d
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Bhumi B
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The cheapest way is bus 224 and then a 30 minute walk.Taxi is possible too.
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