Churches to visit in Mykonos

**Churches to visit in Mykonos** Mykonos is known as an island rich in opportunities to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. It is also known for its magnificent beaches. However, there is another side of the island that is worth exploring - its connections with the Greek Orthodox Church. While here, you might consider visiting these churches: **Panagia Paraportiani** The Church of Panagia Paraportiani consists of one church built on top of four other churches located next to each other. The oldest church is dedicated to St. Anargyros, built at the end of the 14th century. Other churches founded in the 16th and 17th centuries are dedicated to St. Eustace, St. Anastasia and St. Sozon. At the top rises the church of the Virgin Mary in the form of a dome. Panagia Paraportiani is located by the sea, next to the former castle. The name "Paraportiani" means "Our Lady of the Side Gate" in Greek form. In ancient times, it was customary to build a church next to the gates of the castle. **Panagia Tourliani** The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is located in the village of Ano Mera. It was originally built in the 15th century and renovated in the 17th century. To this day, the Virgin Mary watches over the village and is celebrated every year in August with a feast. Inside the church is a series of beautiful, stencilled images of beloved saints and apostles from the Bible. The screen has an ornamental frame of gold, green and red colors. The exterior is inspiring with its mission bells and defensive tower. **Mykonos Catholic Church** Panagia Roderio Catholic Church of Mykonos is a rare little gem found in Alefkandra Square, near the town of Chora. Built in the 16th century and rebuilt in the 17th century, this church houses a special painting depicting the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus over the holy table. Traditional masses are held for citizens and tourists. Outside there is a quiet courtyard where you can relax and meditate. The inside is filled with time-tested Catholic history. A visit to this quiet sanctuary will leave you again at peace and complete tranquility. **Paleokastro Monastery** Paleokastro Monastery was built in the 18th century on a hill overlooking Ano Mera, a lush green village in Mykonos. The old castle was used as a monastery for nuns. Inside is an elaborate wall painting depicting saints and Jesus, framed in gold ornamentation. Nearby are the famous old windmills that once supported agriculture. There is a large granite wedge outside the monastery which is also worth seeing. This has intrigued people because they don't quite understand its purpose. However, it could be a sanctuary or an ancient burial place. The monastery of Paleokastro is an excellent illustration of Greek architecture. Greeks mostly identify as Greek Orthodox Christians, and taking the time to stop and look around these churches will give you a taste of that side of the culture. However, there is a Catholic church on the list that is worth visiting and is also part of the history and culture of the island.