This picturesque little church was saved from demolition by King Ludwig of Bavaria. Part of its charm is that modern Athens surrounds the 11th-century church.

The church’s original construction dates to the Byzantine Empress Irene, who ruled the Byzantine Empire from 797-802 AD, and the origins of the name Kapnikarea are unknown.

The church was restored in the 1950s and now contains frescoes by Fotis Kontoglou (1895-1965), including one quite stunning rendition of the Virgin and Child.

Mouse Island, Corfu

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