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Visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani on Mykonos

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Mykonos is a popular island for tourists and it has a reputation for attracting a crowd eager to enjoy the beaches, resorts, and nightlife. However, once you get away from those activities, you realize that although they can be fun, there is so much more to the island than that. There are other things to do, such as visit some of the monasteries that are on the island. The Monaster of Panagia Tourliana is easily accessible from the main town of Chora and should be at the top of your list. Here’s more information:

Getting to Mykonos

Before you can visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani you need to find your way to the island of Mykonos. There are two basic ways you can do that – by airplane or by boat. There is a regional airport on the island and regular has flights from Athens and Thessaloniki all year and also from other airports in Europe (especially during peak tourist season). It is also possible to take a boat or a ferry from some of the nearby islands and also from some of the major ports in Europe. Since Mykonos is one of the most popular islands in Greece for travelers, the port towns and also the airport are especially busy during that time of year.

Getting to the Panagia Tourliani Monastery

One of the things that makes this monastery worth a visit is that it is close to the main town of Chora. This means that you can easily hire a taxi, take the bus, or rent a car in order to get there. The monastery is about eight kilometers from Chora in the village of Ano Mera. This is an especially convenient place to visit if you’re staying in Chora. It is also only around seven kilometers away from the center of the island. Visitors to this monastery report that it makes for a pleasant day trip from several locations throughout the island.

Why Visit the Panagia Tourliani Monastery

Once you arrive at the monastery, you will notice that it is a peaceful place that obviously has a lot of history. It was originally built in 1542 by two priests. It fell in disrepair but was restored in the 1700’s and was renamed as the Panagia Tourliani Monastery after an icon of the Virgin Mary that was found in a nearby village called Tourlos. One of the main draws of the monastery, however, is its architecture and people regularly visit here not just for the religious experience, but also to view the building and the grounds. There is also an impressive fountain on the grounds that is worth noticing. Besides viewing the monastery itself, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the small museum, which will showcase aspects of the history and the faith. You can view items at the museum such as carvings and holy vestments.

While on Mykonos, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Panagia Tourliana Monastery when you’re not at the beach or seeing the sights.

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