The monumental size of the Agia Sofia in Istanbul is a kind of testament of the greatness of the Byzantine Empire, but as time went by and the empire fell down the spiral of decline, the size of its building followed the same trend and it can be seen in Athens itself.

The Church of Panagia Karnikarea, at the end of the Ermou street, was built in the 11th century and strikes a radical contrast between its quaint and modest size with the ugliness of the huge modern buildings around it.

Even smaller, near the Metropolis Church, 5 minutes away from there, you will find the Church of Agios Eleftherios (also called "Little Metropolis"), a Byzantine chapel from the 13th century, which is worth watching for the sculptures of animal with which its walls are adorned.


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