Church of Agios Nikolaos

Athens - Ragavas/Rangavas Greece

Greek Orthodox

The church was built in the 11th century and repaired in the 1700s following damage by a cannon ball. It was repaired again in the 1700s and restored again in the 1970s. It first rang in 1821 and was kept in a special crypt during the Turkish occupation that forbid bell ringing. The bell rang in 1933, as the first church in Athens to have a bell tower following the Greek Revolution, when bells were again allowed following the end of Ottoman rule. It was also the bell first to ring following liberation from the German occupation in 1944. The bell rings each year on Greek National Day.