Athens: The first bell to ring after 400 years of subjugation

The history of the church which is special

Walking in the center of Athens,Plaka, Anafiotika, or Monastiraki you will definitely see small churches that you may not have noticed. Most of them have a history accompanying them. A very important and a very special one. Like the church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas, which at the feet of the Acropolis rock in Athens.

The history of the temple

The church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas is located northeast of the Acropolis, specifically you will find it at 1 Pritanion Street, just below the famous Anafiotika in Plaka. During the Byzantine period, this area was the most prestigious district of the city. Seeing the temple, one observes that it literally rests at the feet of the rock of the Acropolis.

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Scholars and researchers place the original construction of the temple near the 11th century AD. Over the centuries, however, it underwent significant changes and additions. It lost its original Byzantine character but in 1979 A.D., the Archaeological Service restored it to its present form. The name Ragavas is attributed to a well-known prominent family of the time.

The bell that sounded first after 400 years in Athens

The church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas stands out for one more thing. Something not known to many people even if they have seen or visited the church. Once you enter the interior of the temple you will see a bell of great historical value. During the Ottoman occupation, bells were forbidden to ring. On May 24, 1833, however, when the Ottoman troops delivered the Acropolis fortress, this bell rang first in Athens. At the same time, the Greek flag was raised.

So it is a church with a special history worth knowing. If visit this place, you’ll be impressed by the view. Stand and let your gaze spread up the hill of Lycabettus.

Photo Source: www.byzantineathens.com

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