Contrary to ancient Greek and Roman aesthetics, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments attest to a starkly different time period in terms of mentality, religion and philosophy. The monuments of this period are mainly churches (plus one mosque) which have been designed and built upon an exceptional pattern and they give us a chance to get a glimpse of that period.
It’s quite interesting to see how these tiny and quite old constructions are still standing by the side of modern constructions or in the middle of crowded streets.
Most of the sights are representative of a period of history where the Byzantine Empire influenced the culture of modern Greece in a relatively more direct way than the ancient spirit.
The little Monastery, Kapnikarea, St. Catherine, the Russian church, St. Demetrius “the cannonball” and the Mosque Tzistaraki are some of the dozen of spots we run by and where runners will dwelwe into this very different time period of Greek history.