There are numerous churches and monasteries scattered all through Greece, in locations such as small islands and mountain peaks. Quite a number of them have spectacular architecture while others are unique in their simplicity. Here are some of the most beautiful churches in Greece.
Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani
Dating back to the 4th century, the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is, in fact, the oldest remaining Byzantine Church in Greece. The impressive Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is located in Parikia, on Paros Island. The interesting name of this church translated to “Our Lady of One Hundred Doors” is associated with the Legend stating that there are 99 visible doors. The 100th door will be opened and visible when Constantinople becomes Greek again. Restored and completed in the year 1966, this church has numerous captivating and beautiful interiors and artworks. You will find many small images in the church and its chapels. The iconostasis of the church is adorned with 3 icons- Pantocrato icon, the icon of Panagia Ekatontapiliani and the icon of Dermition of the Theotokos.
The Church of the Seven Martyrs
Sifnos is often called “the island of 336 churches”. Although this Island is a city legend, it is packed with small monasteries and chapels. Situated in a pretty surrounding, the Church of the Seven Martyrs can be found close to a little village of Kastro, over an islet. The gorgeous Cycladic-style church is among the most photographed areas of Sifnos. The blue and white dome of the church is easily seen overlooking the crystal blue waters of the sea.
The Church of Panagia Megalochari
The Church of Panagia Megalochari is famed as the ‘protector of Greece’, situated on Tinos island. The church is built over a hill where the icon of the Virgin is found. The icon is believed to be the source of miracles. Devoted to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Church of Panagia Megalochari is the most visited pilgrimage in the country. There are numerous devout pilgrims who are often seen going into this church on their knees.
Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
Another beautiful church in Greece is the Monastery of PanagiaHozoviotissa, renowned as one of Aegean’s most significant Byzantine monuments. The imposing 11th-century architecture is constructed into the wall of a cliff, which is 300 meters above the sea. Here, the miraculous icon of the island’s patron saint and the Virgin was found, attracting thousands of pilgrims that visit the Monastery for devotion and prayer. The locals named this place the ‘single-wall monastery’’ due to its narrow architecture. The width of the Monastery of PanagiaHozoviotissa is only 5 meters. The beautiful church location in Amorgos is always admired by people, including the nonreligious ones.
Church of Agios Fanourios
Atop a small peninsula at the heart of the man-made Lake Doxa, within the Corinthia Region is the location of the fascinating church of Agios Fanourios. Looking at this church from certain angles gives the impression that the simple temple is floating on the lake.