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Monastiraki was the site of one of the largest monasteries in Athens. Most of this 'Great Monastery' was demolished during archaeological excavations in the nineteenth century. So little was left of the complex - only the church remains - that it was ironically named 'monastiráki' or 'little monastery', which eventually gave the neighborhood its name.

The surviving church, also known as the Pantanassa Church, was built in the seventeenth century at the site of an older church that probably dated back to the tenth century. The Monastiraki Church has a richly decorated interior with a beautifully painted vault. The church was restored in 2007.

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