Collections Holy Archdiocese of Athens

Item ID: 11
Item Number: 11
Collection: Holy Archdiocese of Athens
Item Name: Church of the Incorporeals
Item Type: Church
Item Rhythm: cross-in-square type with dome
Year: second half of the 11th century
Place: Thiseio
Materials Used:
Condition state: Very good
Current position: Theomopylon 5, Thissio- Athens

Description: The church is situated northwest of the Thision, in Ermou Street. It is dated back to the second halve of the eleventh century. Architecturally follows the cross-in-square type with dome, the representative style of the Byzantine Athenian School of church architecture of that period. Rubble masonry flanks the lower parts of the side walls of the church, placed in a cross-shape, which is typical of the masonry ornamentation of many churches of that period. The brick dentils on the external sides of the building attest affiliation to the masonry of that period also. During the 1960 the church had undergone a rewarded renovation that brought the church to its original morphology, by eliminating the interventions made in the course of the years. On the northern entrance of the building, a semicircular arch exists. Its shape imitates the Islamic architectural influences that inspire various Byzantine artifacts and decorative details. Incorporated on the western walls of the building, there are two ceramic plates with Kufic patterns and motifs. The use of Islamic decorative elements was a trend of that period and one can suggest the relation of those oriental decorative influences with the small Islamic commercial-mostly merchants and manufacturers- community in the city towards the end of the tenth century.