The church of Agioi Theodoroi is a relatively simple church, near Klauthmonos Square, at the intersection of commercial Evripidou and Skouleniou streets, in the center of Athens. At the location of the present day church there was another, smaller church, as testified by the inscription that is walled in at the western wall. The same inscription informs us that the new church was erected by the spatharocandidatus (a rank of the Byzantine Court) Nikolaos Kalomalos. A second inscription mentions the church’s foundation date, as 1049 or 1065. The outer wall is decorated with arranged courses of stones and bricks with kufic motifs.
After the liberation from the Turkish occupation, restoration work was carried out at the monument, with the contribution of, among others, King Othon and Queen Amalia. In 1910, and then later in 1967, a series of graves and part of a floor mosaic of the Roman times were found on site.
The church celebrates on the First Saturday of the Great Lent.
Saint Theodore of Amasea (also known as Theodore Tyron) and Saint Theodore Stratelates are the two saints called Theodore, who are venerated as Warrior Saints and Great Martyrs in the Orthodox Church.
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