Church/Monastery in Cyclades Islands


Saint John or Agios Ioannis is well-liked on this island, which is why there is yet another church dedicated to this saint, this time right outside Poseidonia, some 12 kilometres outside the capital.
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A library of some 6000 valuable books and manuscripts, as well as lovely icons and different religious objects can be found at this beautiful Jesuit Monastery, named Agios Ioannis or Saint Jean.
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The Church of Panagia Thalassitra, patron of sailors, lies in Kastro above Plaka, commanding one of the best spots on the island and one of the most photographed churches with the stone bell tower.
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Situated in Upper Syros or Ano Syros in Greek, this monastery has been around for almost 300 years and hosts an important library of books. This is a Jesuit monastery which escaped the brunt of the Ottomans in past centuries due to a deal between the French and the Ottomans at that time.
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One of the most important pieces of religious art of all time is found in this church which lies across from the Town Hall near the main square.
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The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Siderianos represented a safe haven from pirates and is connected to miracles on the island. It is well intact for its age and a veritable historic edifice.
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The Monastery of Kechrovouniou, dedicated to the dormition of Virgin Mary, is seen as one of the most important religious places on the island. It was built sometime in the 10th century and boasts an impressive iconostasis carved from wood in addition to an epitaph from Russia dated 1558 and some post-Byzantine icons.
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The most distinct monastery in Amorgos is that of Chozoviotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Located near the Hora (capital) on a steep slope above the sea, Chozoviotissa embodies Virgin Mary the protector of the island.
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The Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa (1887) with the church of Zoodochos Pigi, is built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo on the mountain of Kalamos, and where a medieval observatory once stood. 
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In Isternia, settlement on the top of a hill with old mills and amazing views to the sea, you will see the monastery of Panagia Katapoliani from 1786,
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Roughly translated as Our Lady of Kardiani, this church is over 1000 years old and lies in the 17th century village of Kardiani with its marble-laden village houses.
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The village of Loutra is more green than others on the island, and hosts the Abbey of the Ursulines, a catholic convent founded in 1862. The convent also hosts the folklore museum and reveals much about this island's unique history.
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As your ferry arrives into port, you can easily see the church of Agios Dimitrios, which was built were an icon picturing Saint Demeter or Agios Dimitrios was found. The church bell supposedly rings every time a ship docks into the port.
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Standing on a rock in Galissas high above the sea, this church is more secluded and serene than the city ones, blending in Mediterranean nature and scenery like no other church on the island.
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The Church of Agios Georgios in Pera Triovassalos with a magnificent view also has mosaics by folk artist Petros Rapanakis, as well as a marble slab at the entrance depicting Saint George on a horse. Note also icons from the Byzantine Cretan school.
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The Church of Agios Spyridon is the main church of Plaka and has been united with the smaller one, Agia Marina, to form a unique design.
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If you want a great view of nearby Tinos and other close islands, head to Vrodado Hill where the church of the Assumption stands proud. It was constructed in 1870, a recent date compared to other churches in the city.
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The church of Panagia in Kipos from the 5th century is reputed to be the oldest church from the Byzantine era. It contains parts of a marble sarcophagus from the Hellenistic period.
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The church of Panagia Portiani is the only one left in Zefiria village, and has been united with Agios Haralambos by an archway. The old painted walls are particularly interesting.
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The Church of Panagia ton Rodon or Virgin of the Roses is a Catholic church commissioned by the French proconsul in 1823, complete with the coat of arms of King Louis XVI on its lintel. Louis Brest, the Church’s founder, is buried in the church.
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The Dormition of the Virgin and Agios Haralambos is the largest charch in Adamas, built in 1870 by refugees from Crete. Stunning icons from the old capital of Milos include the silver plated one of Panagia Portiani. Note the talented mosaics by Kavourdakis, made with local pebbles.
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Built and rebuilt in the 19th century, th Evangelistra catholic church was designed by a local architect under the auspices of the Austrian consul at that time.
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On the Tsiknias mountain (highest top of the island, 727 m.) we find a coexistence example of the mixed religiously society of Tinos: the church of Faneromeni, a double church for Orthodox and Catholics.

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Considered the prime Orthodox Church of Syros, Metamorphosis is home to the bishop of the island as well as woodcarvings and stunning icons. Notice the unusual baroque-style architecture not normally seen in orthodox churches.
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The Gyrlas Monastery dedicated to Agia Triada was established in the 11 century. It holds a stupendous iconostasis carved out of wood, as well as some rare icons. The monastery also hosts the Museum of Popular Architecture of Tinos.
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The faithful flock to this Catholic church in the thousands, especially during feasts and religious events. It was constructed on a hilltop in Hroussa, a small village on the southern side of the island.
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Panagia Korfiatissa houses a gold-plated epitaphios (tomb of Christ) originally from the Kastro church, Mesa Panaghia, in addition to other religious artefacts from abandoned churches of the island.
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In Lidoriki the modest monastery of Panagia Koutsouriotissa tucked away among the rocks. Legend has it that nobody can tell a lie here, as the church has become a test of truth for locals and beyond who want to prove their honesty.
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In Agios Romanos, the church of Panagia Vrysiotissa (roughly translated to Our Lady the Finder) is a favourite for Catholic followers. It is named after the icon of Virgin Mary which was found during the 17th century.
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Undoubtedly one of the finest Catholic churches of Ano Syros with all its medieval charm, this place of worship is at least 800 years old and has been restored on several occasions since then, the last time being in 1834.
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In Xinara, seat of the archbishop of the Catholics of Tinos, we find the catholic cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Rozario.
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