Agios Dimitrios Loubardiaris is a historic church located in a picturesque location at the foot of the hill of Filopappou in Athens. It is a vaulted single-aisled basilica that dates back to the Turkish occupation period, with later extensions. The church features two blind arches in the long walls and two other transverse reinforcements, which hold the cylindrical roof that is tiled.
In 1955, the church was restored and preserved by the architect Pikionis, who decorated the outer walls of the church with geometric designs made of ceramics and pieces of marble. The geometric designs give the church a unique and interesting appearance, adding to its historical and cultural significance.
During the restoration, older post-Byzantine frescoes dating back to 1735 were uncovered, which were worn or vandalized with mining of saints’ eyes. These frescoes were cleaned and preserved with special solutions of liquids between 1987-1992, and are now visible to visitors.
Agios Dimitrios Loubardiaris is a notable example of the religious architecture in Athens and a symbol of the city’s rich history and culture. Its location, close to the monument of Filopappou and at the neck of the hill of Nymphs, makes it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
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