Churches in Mykonos

One of the iconic symbols of the island of Mykonos are definitely its churches. Small and simple but in great numbers and spread throughout the island, you can find over 370 churches there.

Most of these small churches were built between the 17th and the 19 century, but even older ones are still being preserved. The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports has proclaimed these buildings as monuments under protection.

Like the churches of the rest of Aegean and Cycladic islands, the churches of Mykonos are built with that same architecture and style which resembles the iconic churches of the Greek islands: Traditional white paint for the most of the exterior, and and blue or red ceiling and door. The interior is extremely simple and often so small that only a few people may enter at a time.

Mykonos also has many monasteries for a relatively small island. Three of the most important are the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, located near Ano Mera, the monastery of Paleokastro and the monastery of Saint Panteleimon (Agios Panteleimonas).

Although it is nice to visit a small church in Mykonos at any time of the year, it is ideal to attend and witness a ceremony, such as as a Greek Orthodox wedding, or one the great religious events, such as the Christian Orthodox Easter. Ceremonies such as these create a magnificent atmosphere, one that visitors hold onto for a lifetime.

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