All the gates and doors I am featuring in this week’s Thursday Doors were from two churches I found in Athens.
The first one had a charming little outbuilding at the rear of the property. I have no idea what the purpose might have been for this building, but it was so cute with its little bell and impressive door.
The main church had several doors – like this one. It wasn’t until I downloaded the photos from my camera, that I noticed the Alpha and Omega signs on both the door and archway above it.
According to my limited research, Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, but there is also a reference in the Bible, under Revelations … “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End”.
Do I have a picture of the church itself? Only indirectly … I did manage to get its profile when I captured a photo of its beautiful gates.
The second church was found on the top of Mount Lycabettus – the ‘hill’ opposite the Acropolis.
Climbing Mount Lycabettus was not a cake walk – in spite of the paved path. We climbed until I started to despair that the top was just an illusion and we would in fact never reach it.
However, once we did, the view was amazing, and the small church had great doors.
Inside the small chapel were more doors – although I have no idea what was behind them. It felt very disrespectful to start exploring around.
These were the gates to the pathway for the long walk back down. Although descending is much easier from a cardio perspective, it can be – and was – just as challenging for the leg muscles.
I’m so happy to have been in Greece during off-season with no crowds and moderate temperatures. A climb like this would have been out of the question for me in the famous Mediterranean summer heat.
This has been Part 2 of Thursday Doors from Greece, and I give you fair warning that there will be more to come.
Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.