A walk Around Piraeus, The church of Saint Spiridon| D3200

Posted: March 1, 2015 in D3200, greece, history, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized

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The church of Saint Spiridon  was built between 1868-1875 on the spot where the old monastery of Saint Spyridon was, a rich monastery that was founded in 1735 over the ruins of the ancient temple of Venus. The monastery was fortified to be protected from the pirates with robust walls, impregnable ramparts and several loopholes. Monks could throw boiling oil to those who tried to enter by force! There was no town at that time and the entire Piraeus peninsula belonged to the monastery. During the Greek revolution against the Ottomans (1821-29) greeks captured the hill of Castella while Turks entrenched inside the monastery but the Greek forces besieged it with relentless bombardment for 2 months in 1827.

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The monastery was dissolved in 1833, the property nationalized and King Otto built a new church in the spot of the ruined temple in 1836 and proclaimed Saint Spyridon patron Saint and Protector of Piraeus. In our days when the church celebrates it gets packed with believers but also the ships whistle throughout the procession. Today morning I visited the church and took some photos  and then got out where I saw 2 monuments. The first one was erected in 2007 when the holy hand of St Spyridon that is house in Corfu was transferred here for pilgrimage.

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The other monument is a bust of Andreas Miaoulis (1769-1835), an admiral who commanded the Greek naval forces against the Ottomans during the Greek war of Independence (1821-1829). When Athens became the capital of Greece in 1834 Miaoulis wanted to build a house hear the sea and the only area without swamps was the area around the monastery.The legends say that contractors refused to build the house because of some dream they had where they saw a monk asking them “why did you close my house?”. Miaoulis did it on his own but never managed to complete it as he died on June 11, 1835.

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All the photos are taken with Nikon D3200 and 18-55 f3.5 VR lens.

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