Another lovely church from the 19th century on the very central Aiolou street, in downtown Athens: the Church of Our Lady of the Golden Cave (actually dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin). Fancy name for an even fancier church which, as others I've posted here, belongs to the class of the so-called "othonic" churches which embodied a sort of greek-byzantine order, an architectural religious eclecticism during the time of Othon, first King of modern Greece. This style combined neoclassical or neorenaissance/romanesque traits with byzantine features. Already since 1705 a church had existed here, later destroyed during the Revolution. Dimitris Zezos, major advocate of the greek-byzantine order, was employed to design the Church, which however was constructed much later from 1863-1892 due to financial obstacles and involving three more architects. The typology is that of a three-nave basilica with a dome and two beautiful intricate carved-in-marble bell towers above the narthex, as seen in the pic. Minute attention of craftsmanship has been paid to the rendering of the cloisonne masonry (a classical byzantine feature), the pillared arches, as well as the biphora windows with their marble antefixes and other decorative elements. I hope to post more elucidating pics from other angles!
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