Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens Tours

The ornate Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Great Mitropolis Cathedral) is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and was 20 years in building, finally being consecrated in 1862; it is the official seat of the Archbishop of Athens, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church. The skills of four architects and marble from scores of demolished Byzantine churches were utilized in building the cathedral, which was commissioned by King Otto of Greece and constructed in ornate neo-Ottoman style with twin spires; although this is the most important church in Greece, where kings were crowned and royal dynasties married and buried, it has been under scaffolding for many years. Its three-aisled interior is in Byzantine style, covered with frescoes and priceless icons, and packed with tombs and relics of Orthodox saints.

In the piazza facing Great Mitropolis stands a statue of Archbishop Damaskinos, the World War II hero who saved thousands of lives by fighting against the deportation of Greek Jews by the country’s Nazi occupiers.

Practical Info

Located in Metropolitan Square (Plateia Mitropoleos), the cathedral is open daily from 7am to 7pm. Mass is held at 6.30am on Sunday. Metro Lines 1 and 3 can be taken to Monastiraki.
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Address: Metropolitan Square (Plateia Mitropoleos), Athens 10556, Greece
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Hours: Daily 7am–7pm
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern Athens on this 3.5-hour morning or afternoon Athens sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, take a coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament and Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Then, explore the mighty Acropolis on foot to see the glorious Parthenon and other highlights. Want to add more sightseeing in Athens? Upgrade your morning tour to include entry to the Acropolis Museum to see its incredible Parthenon friezes, and other archaeological exhibits.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Combine two popular tours of Athens and Cape Sounion into one day at a discounted price with this Athens Super Saver. In the morning, board an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Athens’ highlights. With an expert guide, stroll around the Parthenon and antiquities on the Acropolis; visit the New Acropolis Museum; see the Panathenaic Stadium and more. Then, take an afternoon trip to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean Sea. Admire the glittering temple and stellar views before your return by coach to Athens.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Athens Scenic Bike Tour

Explore the ancient monuments and bustling energy of Athens on a fun and easy, 3-hour bike tour. Cover much more distance than walking while peddling along bike-friendly path and streets, stopping to learn about the city’s long history and legends from a local guide. Cycle around the Acropolis and past other iconic ruins including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum and Dipylon Gate. Soak up the city’s modern culture in the lively Plaka area, and take a refreshing coffee break at a local café.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Athens Sunset Bike Tour

Hop on a bike for this fun and fascinating 2-wheeled tour around Athens, capped off by an unforgettable sunset. Follow a friendly tour leader to most of the capital’s major sights and panoramic viewpoints.  Cover much more ground than walking while enjoying the flexibility to stop often and soak up scenes of daily life along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Best of Athens Full-Day Tour with Transportation

Spend a full, 8-hour day exploring Athens with a private guide. This tour allows you to visit highlights such as The Acropolis, the Ancient Greek Agora, Hadrian Library, and more. Stop in Plaka for free time and lunch. Round-trip private transportation included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Walking Tour: Ancient Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki monuments

Explore the heart of historical Athens and its ancient Agora on this 3-hour private walking tour. With your own private guide, learn about Athens’ long history and colorful culture as you stroll by the markets and squares of Monastiraki, and delve into the charming lanes of the Plaka, the city’s Old Town. Discover churches, Ottoman-era monuments and Roman ruins, and explore the Agora, once the main square of ancient Athens. View the antiquities here, and visit the archaeological museum at the restored Stoa of Attalos, the forum’s ancient shopping mall.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Athens Half-Day Grand Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour

Explore the best of Athens with very little effort on this 4 hour electric bike tour. With a local guide, set off by electric-powered bike to discover the Greek capital’s ancient and modern highlights. Cruise by the Greek Parliament on Syntagma Square, see the Panathenaic Stadium, and explore historical Plaka and the ancient ruins beneath the Acropolis. Travel much of the way along traffic-free streets, stop to sample tasty Athenian delicacies, and hear about the sights from your informative guide, via the provided headsets. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Walking Tour: Best of Athens

Get an intimate look at Athens with your own personal guide on this 3-hour, private walking tour. See the National Gardens, the neoclassical Zappeion Hall and Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held. As you travel from each major landmark, learn the history behind this ancient city and enjoy personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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