Agii Isidori Chapel in the Lycabettus Cave

Trip Start May 08, 2010
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Trip End Jan 23, 2011


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Saint George Lycabettus Athens
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Renewing our oath of loyalty


Hidden like a gem in a rock this tiny little church of Agii Isidori is in the middle of the Lycabettus hill and is built inside a big cave. It is at this little church that I had chosen to have our wedding ceremony 34 years ago. It is worth visiting, and I am sure there are still people in Athens that don't know of its existence.

As I approach the little church I call Yianni and arrange that we meet up here. I remember an old lady once told me that old Athenians used to call it the Church of Agios Sidereas instead.  The little church was burnt down in 1930 and was rebuilt the following year.

As I approach the shrine of Agii Isidori I see a few benches gazing outward over the city of Athens. I go and sit at the one opposite the entrance waiting for Yianni to come. In less than 10 minutes he shows up. People keep coming and taxis drop groups of friends mostly ladies who in haste climb up the stairs. I am curious why so many people come here today.  Has it become so popular all of a sudden? I decide to go up and light a candle and check what is going on.

As we walk up the stairs pictures of our wedding day come to mind.  Indeed, what an important day that was! I remember being scared to death not to stumble and fall in my high heels and long bride’s wedding dress on my way up the chapel. It was a Thursday afternoon and the 15th of September. My dear Dad who passed away 14 years ago was holding my hand as we were going up the stairs while guests standing on either side were watching us. This time today I am going up with Yianni who is holding my hand, and I am so moved as we reach the top.  When we are in the chapel I hug, kiss and tell Yianni that we have to renew the oath of loyalty we have given the day of our wedding. It is so touchy and tears come to my eyes suddenly.

(What an unbelievable coincidence! This day that I am writing this entry it is the 15th of September, it is a Thursday like 34 years back, and we are celebrating our wedding anniversary today)

The tower bell rings and people who were out start coming inside. Previously they were gathered in the beautiful garden with benches and small tables and they were having coffee, a treat from the priest of the chapel. We light our candles say a prayer and hand in hand we descend the stairs.  

What a beautiful and interesting day this was! We get in the car and drive straight to our friends’ house for dinner.

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Donna on

What a lovely story Popi! And belated Happy Anniversary wishes!

mmbcross
mmbcross on

What a lovely place. I now have two more places to visit we we return to Athens, Lycabettus Hill and Anafiotika, both recommended by you.

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Thank you guys, Donna and Martin for the comments. Make the list and come to Greece Martin...
Donna thanks for the wishes on my wedding anniversary

venoth
venoth on

This is indeed a great entry with deeply bound emotions that even touched my heart as I read it. Happy Belated Wedding Anniversary to you Popi :)

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