Thirty five years after the first scaffolding was erected to fix earthquake damage, the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral is completely scaffolding-free.
A 1981 earthquake caused damage, leading to almost four decades of construction, red tape, a second earthquake in 1999 which caused even more damage and years of wrangling between Church and government officials.
The Cathedral, known as the “Mitropoli” to worshipers and tourists alike, is a major city landmark and the scaffolding has been a contentious eyesore for decades.
Fascinating facts and photos from the illustrious history of the Athens Cathedral:
See video from the Royal Wedding of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia at the Athens Cathedral in 1962. Sophia is the sister of Greece’s then-King Constantine and a member of the now-deposed Greek Royal Family.