Thursday, April 18 2024
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Thousands gathered to Athens Cathedral to venerate rare icon

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Thousands of Greeks have been flocking to the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Plaka to venerate a rare Greek icon named Axion Esti from Mount Athos.
 
The icon will be on public display on Monday as well, before heading back to the all-male monastic community in northern Greece. This is only the eighth time it has left Mount Athos.
 
Greek state broadcaster ERT is reporting a waiting time of more than an hour and a half over the weekend.