Kostas Papatheodorou is a Greek architect, painter and iconographer. Born in Chalkida, Greece in 1937, he studied architecture in Architecture Faculty TU Berlin, moving on to Vienna and Aachen where he was exposed to gothic religious architecture, and was particularly influenced by Erwin Von Steinbach's work in Strassbourg Cathedral. After completing his studies, in 1967, he returned to Greece where he worked for the Ministry of Culture, and studied further under Dimitris Pikionis.
He resigned his public service role in 1970 to dedicate himself to his lifelong project, the Church of Saint Foteini in Mantineia, Greece - an eclectic, monumental ensemble that fuses Classical, Byzantine and Romantic architectural styles, and incorporates radical ornamentation and iconography. The unusual construction methods and overall style of the church earned the respect and admiration of some - comparing it to a Greek Sagrada Familia - but also the scorn of others, who saw his work as too vernacular, or disrespectful.
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