Agios Nikolaos Ragavas (Athens)

Agios Nikolaos Ragavas Athens

Agios Nikolaos Ragavas or simply Church of Saint Nicholas is a Byzantine church that date to the Medieval Byzantine period.


Location: Prytaneiou and Epicharmou Plaka, Athens

Tel. 210 322 8193

Subway: Monastiraki

Trolley: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18

Open: 8am- 12pm, 5- 8pm daily


Description of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas (Church of Saint Nicholas)

Agios Nikolaos Ragavas (Church of Saint Nicholas) was constructed in the 11th century by Paul Xiropotamino, grandson of Emperor Michael I Rangabe. Much of its marble stones as well as columns used in its construction was quarried from the ancient pagan temples. It was first reconstructed in the 18th century. This church was the first in the city to receive its own bell after the War of Independence was won in 1821 against the Ottoman Turkish Empire. When the German Wehrmacht marched into a country bells of the church were silenced. Only after enemies were forced out of Greece the bells started to ring again on October 12, 1944. It is in use today celebrating Eastern Orthodox holidays. The last time it was reconstructed was in 1970's.