Agioi Isidoroi Lycabettus, Athens

On the hill of Lycabettus, in Athens, there is a church of Agioi Isidoroi. It is well known, moreover for Christian orthodox visitors. Everyday, hundreds of pilgrims travelling there for praying. So we decided to visit the church, during a day trip from Thessaloniki.

The Chappell with the Miraculous Cross !

Agioi Isidoroi or Agios Isidoros or Agios Sidereas is a medieval church, located in Lycabettus of Attiki. It is a small chapel, near the rock and a large cave. We informed that it was destroyed by a fire in 1930 and it rebuilt one year later.

The church, including the chapels, is dedicated to Saint Isidoros of Pilousiotis, to Agios Isidoros of Chios, to Agia Myropi (Merope) and to Agios Gerasimos. The name of the church based on an Icon that appeared in the hands of a priest, when he died.

In 1834, the fact that there were no many churches in Athens, citizens used to go on Lycabettus for congregation in the church of Agioi Isidoroi. From 1937, people started to construct inside the church. Many of these constructions were the iconostasis, the lectern, and the decoration of the church. Once a year, a litany happening, at the area of the church. In the years of the German & Italian possesion, the church was closed and the Italians found the opportunity to steal icons and many other silver objects, belonged to the church. After the war, the church began the congregation again. On March of 2001, citizens repaired the roof and they started again to decorate it. Trees were planted in the courtyard. The church was supplied with water. You can visit the church 7 days per week !

Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece

The church is also well known for the Miraculous Cross ! Many miracles happens and Christian Orthodox visitors travelling there to light a candle. The Cross is manufactured by wood and It is protected in a case. The story of The Cross belonged to an old Nun. It is not manufactured by the Holy Wood but scientists say that there are 3 kinds of wood on It, pine, cypress and cedar ! The Cross sympolize the Orthodox.

In the eastern part, in which there is no iconostasis and you can see the rock of Lycabettus, a large icon of Panagia of Wishes, has been placed with many tributes.

In the courtyard, you will find a kiosk, where you can buy Holy icons etc.

Both architecture of the church and the view that is offered, are incredible !

Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece

Agioi Isidoroi, Athens…! A holy place to visit…!

Trip information

The distance between of Thessaloniki and the Church, reaches 450km. We travelled by car and the fuel we consumed was LPG. There are 11 toll stations during the trip. The transition time including several stops, was 5 hours & 15 minutes.

Basic budget !

Fuel / LPG = 100€ / 900km (Both directions) – (120km/h)

Toll stations = 62,70€ – (Both directions)

Total budget for 4 persons – 41€ / per person

*Below you will find an archive with the pricelist of the toll stations !

Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece
Agioi Isidoroi Athens Greek Church, Greece

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