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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This post was inspired by the WordPress Photo Challenge: Focus.

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s stunning close up! I loved the old worn paintings/murals on the walls, and the stone. How wonderful to be able to visit such a great place, and this is a lovely and loving tribute to your Mother-in-Law.

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    1. Thanks! The icon paintings are even more stunning in person. The place is more special because of the connection to my mother-in-law.

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  2. Sue says:

    What a wonderful old place

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  3. Really like the first photp

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