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Papagou, Papagou-Cholargos, Athens,Attica

Tower of St. John monastery

  
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Tower of St. John monastery
Location:
Ymittos, close to Papagou cemetery, near Athens
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Attica
Athens
Municipality > Town:
City of Papagou-Cholargos
• Papagou
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 260 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
15th cent. (?)  
Post-BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos is in Athens area, in the Papagou municipality.

In the inner yard of the monastery there is a medieval tower.

It is difficult to establish the chronology of the whole complex. The wall paintings of the monastery are dated back to 16th century following a middle- Byzantine style.

The best guess is that the monastery was created some time in 15th to 17th century, while the tower is a little older.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

It is a cylindrical 3-storey building 9.9m high with a diameter of 3.75m. The thickness of the wall is 61cm.

It is preserved in relatively good condition.


Sources

  • Ορλάνδος Αν., Ευρετήριο Μεσαιωνικών Μνημείων της Ελλάδος Γ΄- Μεσαιωνικά Μνημεία της πεδιάδος των Αθηνών και των κλιτύων Υμηττού -Πεντελικού-Πάρνηθος και Αιγάλεω, Αθήναι 1933, σ. 168-169, Μπούρας Χ., Βυζαντινή και Μεταβυζαντινή Αρχιτεκτονική στην Ελλάδα, σ. 254, Αρχαιολογικό Δελτίο 27 (1972) Β1 Χρονικά, σ. 186.
  • M. K. Langdon, (survey 1986), The Mortared Towers of Central Greece: An Attic Supplement, The Annual of the British School at Athens, Vol. 90, Centenary Volume (1995), pp. 495

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Approach to the monument:
From the ring road of Ymittos, exit Y2
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