The Byzantine Church of Agios Athanasios

High on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea sits the Byzantine Church of Agios Athanasios. Located a few kilometers outside the village of Pantanassa in Laconia, Greece, the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Saint Athanasios, and Saint Spiridon.

This five-domed, 12th-century church holds a special place in our hearts. The 40-day memorial service for my mother-in-law, Amalia was held here several years ago. Amalia was highly respected for her unrelenting focus on family, community, and the Greek Orthodox faith.

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A testament to her strong connection to her roots in the Peloponnese, many friends and family from the surrounding villages joined us at the service to remember her. Knowing Amalia’s dedication to the Greek Orthodox faith, I’m sure she’s smiling down upon us as I share with you the beauty of this special church.


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