Monasteries to Visit in Sikinos, Greece
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The island of Sikinos is part of the Cyclades group. It is located between Folegandros and Ios. The island of Sikinos has two villages: Chora and Allopronia. Chora is made of two settlements known as Castro and Chorio.
While the island of Sikinos is one of the least populated of the Greek islands, you will find it has much to offer. The village of Chora is one of the most authentic villages to be found in the Cyclades group. Visiting the island of Sikinos will also give you a chance to see a few monasteries that are found on the island.
The island has no airport, so getting there is done by ferry. The closest airports to Sikinos are located in Santorini and Athens. Both of those locations have ferry service that goes to Sikinos. Here are a few monasteries you can visit while in Sikinos.
Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi
The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is located in just northeast of Chora. It is located on a hill, so it offers a wonderful view of the sea and much of Sikinos. Stay to enjoy the sunset and you won’t be disappointed. The monastery was built in 1690 and was a monastery for women. The walls around the monastery were to protect the residents during attacks. Generally the castle was the first choice, but if it was under attack, residents would seek shelter at the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. The monastery is tall and white-washed.
Monastery of Episkopi
Located 4 km southwest of Chora, the Monastery of Episkopi is a historical site that consists of a Byzantine monastery that is built over a Roman mausoleum. The monastery is found at the ancient settlement of Episkopi. The temple was built during the 3rd century AD. It was a Roman tomb monument that is thought to have become the Temple of Apollo the Pythious. This is disputed though as the architecture is that of the Roman mausoleum. In the 5th century, the temple became a Christian church that was dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin. The monastery features a bell tower and a dome. Underground there are arches crypts. The Monastery of Episkopi is one of the most fascinating monuments to be found on Sikinos Island.
Church of Panagia Pantanassa
The Church of Panagia Pantanassa was built in 1787 in the square of Chora. The church features a blue dome and wood-carved baroque iconostasis. Iconostasis are portable icons that can be placed anywhere within a church. Votive offerings to the icon Pantanassa is located at this church. This church is the most famous on Sikinos Island and it’s no surprise why.
Sikinos is a beautiful island in the Cyclades. Thanks to its history, the monasteries and churches on the island make wonderful sightseeing stops during your visit. You will be transported back in time as you explore the historic monasteries. Before visiting, make sure you’re aware of any possible dress codes, but either way dress appropriately for such a visit.
This post was written by Greek Boston