I learned a few years back that when you’re sick of chaos of any airport, the best retreat is the airport’s prayer chapel. Maybe associated more with religious travelers it’s also a deep breath; an oasis of calm amidst the din of thousands of frustrated travelers and exasperated employees.
The Athens International Airport delivers serenity and unexpected beauty with a chapel painted in traditions upheld by the Greek Orthodox Church since Byzantine times. That means icons, frescoes, candles, stained glass, and Christ as the Pantokrater looking down from a domed ceiling. No stress. All is well. Now go back out there and be the one passenger who isn’t screaming at the airline attendant.
It’s unusual to find company, but be aware that you can’t sleep, eat, or engage in a loud discussion in the chapel. Do be respectful with regard to using electronics or anything that would disturb the peace.
For more ways of entertaining yourself in the airport check out the NileGuide layover blog.