Monastery Kareas - Kaisariani forest
Kaisariani is located about 3 km southeast of Athens city centre, and 3 km east of the Acropolis of Athens. Towards the east the municipality extends to the forested Hymettus mountain, where the 11th century Kaisariani Monastery is situated.
The monastery was probably established in Byzantine times in ca. 1100, which is the date of construction of the surviving church. Nevertheless, the site has a far longer history as a cult center: in Antiquity, it was probably a site dedicated to Aphrodite, before being taken over by Christians in the 5th/6th centuries. Remains of a large early Christian basilica lie to the west, over which a smaller church was built in the 10th/11th centuries. The monastery is mentioned by Pope Innocent III after the Fourth Crusade, but seems to have remained in Greek Orthodox hands, unlike other churches and monasteries that were taken over by Latin (Roman Catholic) clergy. A further, now ruined single-aisled church, was built to the southwest during the Frankish period.
Τravel in luxury through Athens most beautiful suburbs in our unique Land Rover Defender. Arrive at mountain Hymettus and the monastery Karíais. The ancient quarries of Kara marble are located near the monastery of Karíais. The limestone is honeycombed with many ancient tombs between the villages of Kará, Trákhones, and Komniná. Drive through wonderful off road routes where you can enjoy and take photographs of the spectacular view. Continue to Monastery of Kaisariani. Kaisariani Monastery was built over the ruins of a Roman temple. Today, four columns of the ancient temple survive and support the dome of the monastery’s church. The walled complex has a central court surrounded by a kitchen and dining rooms, the monks’ cells, and a bathhouse. Kaisariani Monastery houses beautiful frescoes that are well preserved and date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
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