This domed shaped church with a cruciform floor plan is made entirely of Pentelic marble. The church dates from the 12th century – a time when Athens was a backwater, far removed from its glory days. Like many churches of its time, it’s building materials and adornment were drawn from earlier buildings.
To Athenians, the chu8rch is the Little Cathedral – as it is dwarfed by its giant neighbor, the Mitropli cathedral.
The name, Panagia Gorgoepikoos, means “Madonna who hears swiftly.” The church is also dedicated to Agios Eleftherios – the saint who protects women in childbirth.