Saint Catherine is one of the most beautiful temples in Plaka. It is located really close to Lysicrates monument, and its unique characteristic is that it was built (and recently restored), over an ancient Greek temple of Goddess Aphrodite or Artemis. The Roman columns 25 meters far from the temple have no structural relation with the church and belong to another building.

The history of the temple is quite old: Constructed as an Orthodox temple during the 11th century and Athens final Christian  acme, as the rest of the Byzantine buildings of the city.

Unfortunately there is a huge lack of historical evidence for claiming something more of the fact that there were roman baths at the area.

Centuries later, at 1767, Bishop of Athens donated the temple to Sina mountain Monastery. At 1889 the temple was sold to the Bishop of Athens again.


The church celebrates on November 24th annually.