St Nicolas Church of Piraeus

The lovely St Nicolas Church of Piraeus was finished around 1900.  It stands near the main harbor in Piraeus, the port city next to Athens from which many ferries depart for the multitude of Greek islands.   Of the Greek Orthodox churches we have seen, it comes closest to the magnificent Orthodox churches we saw in St Petersburg.  There are good examples of the religious art typical of these churches.  The Mary icon you see below, in gold, was kissed by multiple visitors during our visit, behavior that is common to the Orthodox, as is the sign of the cross which includes touching the floor. 



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