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The Monastery of Daphni

Athinon avenue, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0581 1558
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the Byzantine Empire, this 11th century masterpiece is currently being refurbished, so phone ahead to check if it’s open.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“mosaics” (8 reviews)
“dafni” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Athinon avenue, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0581 1558
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

The monastery of Daphni is a byzantine masterpiece, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates from the 11th century A.D. It has a wonderful architecture, it is full of beautiful mosaics and a great dome with a severe Jesus in a golden background! The restoration...More

1  Thank Aris K
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Been there today, still is closed. You can enjoy exterior trough the fence. Marvelous. It takes 30 min from Monasteriki, go to the metro Hagia Marina, and then take the bus 866 to Psihiatreion bus stop (or ask the driver to tel you when to...More

2  Thank Lolika25
Reviewed 8 August 2016

It's a small church, with maybe 20 partially restored beautiful mosaic scenes, and a wonderful head of Jesus (remarkably similar to the one in Cefalu, Sicily) in the dome. They won't let you take photos, which is a pity, but it's very much worth seeing....More

4  Thank annmacy
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Off the beaten path of typical Athens, this monastery is inspiring. Definitely worth the drive and the visit.

2  Thank Stefanie S
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The Oracle of Delphi is high in the mountains about 3 hours from the city of Athens. While it is a long drive from Athens, it is worth it for the breathe taking views and the great displays in the museum. The guided tour of...More

Reviewed 11 December 2015

They will tell you it is open on Tues/Fri (8-3), which it is. But the frescoes cannot be seen, you will be instructed to walk around outside, and then sent on your merry way. Wait until the restoration is complete. This was a complete waste...More

4  Thank TheUnnamable
Reviewed 26 July 2015

I think it's way underrated. Should be one of the most valuable attraction over there. Very difficult to find as even local maps don't have the correct marks. Once you are there you'd be amazed. I1d definitely like to go back and see everything once...More

3  Thank ipm001
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The Monastery of Daphni is a hidden treasure. It is definitely "off the beaten track" and somewhat difficult to find, even for the experienced Athenian cabbie. Staying in the Plaka allows for quick access to many of Athens tourist sites, the Monastery is a mini...More

1  Thank melissasanfran
Reviewed 24 March 2015

Really wanted to see this World Heritage Site, and encouraged by others' reports that you can see even better and closer with the scaffolding, but that wasn't true for me. While the grounds are open 9-2 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, the church is closed....More

3  Thank Selina L
Reviewed 17 September 2014

I was really looking forward to seeing mosaics at Dapfni, and according to the guide book, I would find it open, BUT please note it is only open on Tuesday and Fridays. We went on Saturday!!! Scaffolding, shut gates, covered in plastic sheeting - what...More

6  Thank hemarwai
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5 September 2015|
Response from MissLemondrop |
Well, I have not done it yet so I cannot speak from personal experience....but my own research on Google maps shows you would take the Metro Line 3 to the end of the line at Egaleo (just a few stops from Syntagma Square... More