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Agios Andreas church

Ιερός Ναός Αγ. Ανδρέα - St. Andrew Church


The first in size and beauty Temple of the Balkans was inaugurated on September 26, 1974 next to the old church, which opened in 1843 in the place where was found crucified Apostle Andrew (66 AD). Near the old church is "the Source of St. Andrew"  in the place where in ancient times was the source of Demeter. The spring water is considered holy water and offered to help the pilgrims. The new Church is of Byzantine style and was founded in 1908 by King George I and echoes the magnificence and splendor of Byzantium. The original design belongs to the French architect Emile Robert. The construction was completed in 1974. The hagiography of the church, sample of exquisite art, continues even today. The relics of the Apostle were buried by Bishop Stratokli in Patras and were transferred in 357 AD in Istanbul where they were lodged in the temple of the Holy Apostles. During Palaeologan times, Thomas Palaiologos moved the skull of Saint in 1460AD, in Rome. During Pope Pius IX , was moved to the Basilica of Saint Peter and from 1964AD was returned to Patras, where kept in a reliquary  of Byzantine style. The crucifixion Cross was delivered in 1980. The city celebrates its patron on November 30.

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