This is a view from a balcony for the use of we 6th floor walk-up folks. On the right is Agia Irini. I had previously gone in search of the main church, Metropolis. Once there I discovered it was covered in scaffolding and the inside was empty.
So I decided, because why not, to go into this church right across the walkway from my hotel. It was particularly surprising in there especially with how they used stained glass reflecting in super deep-set windows.
from AthensGuide: “If you stand in the square you will see that you are surrounded by impressive old buildings, some of which were historic hotels. That is because in the mid 19th century Platia Agia Irini was one of the most important squares in Athens, back in the days when the church of Agia Irini was the main cathedral of the city before they built the large (and unstable) Metropolis a few blocks away … To some Athenians Agia Irini is still the first cathedral and have never accepted its displacement. … inside you will find one of the most beautiful examples of a Greek Orthodox Church based on the Byzantine style. (“Sorry: No Photo”).”