Top Churches to Visit in Greece
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It’s no secret that most of the people of Greece identify as Orthodox Christians. As a result of this, the country is filled with churches. Some of these churches are incredibly historic, since Greece became Christian early on in church history. While visiting Greece, you might want to spend some of your time visiting some of the most memorable of the churches.
During your visit, you will want to obey the customs that have been laid out. In particular, women are often required to wear either dresses or skirts while in these churches. Here’s a look at some of the essential churches you should visit while spending time in Greece.
Cave of the Apocalypse
This is one of the most historic Christian sites in all of Greece. The Cave of the Apocalypse, which is located on the Greek island of Patmos, is said to be the location where the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelations. There is a small church located near the cave to visit, and there is a monastery just up the hill on site called Monastery of Saint John the Theologian that is also worth spending time at. Since this site is home to some famous events in Christian history, you’ll want to spend plenty of time here.
Church of the Virgin Mary
If you find yourself on the smaller Greek island of Tinos, you will want to find time to visit the Church of the Virgin Mary. Although the church itself is beautiful, this church is most well-known for housing a famous icon. he Miraculous Icon of the Virgin Mary was found on site while this church was being built. It is said to have been responsible for many miracles and people come form all over the world to see it.
Agios Nikolaos Orfanos Church
This beautiful church is a good place to visit while in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Although it isn’t as old as some of the other churches in Greece, the stunning church does date back to the 17th Century and is great example of a church from that time period. This church was once a part of a larger monastery, and you can still catch a glimpse of the monastery ruins while on site.
Church of Episkopi
While visiting the Greek island of Santorini, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Episkopi Church, which is the oldest on the island. Built in the 11th Century AD under the , this church is a great example of the architecture of the time. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was built while the island was under Venetian rule. This church is still standing today and is located at the base of a large hill in one of the most serene alcoves on the island.
While visiting Greece, you will want to take the time to visit some of these churches. They all represent a unique part of the Christian history of this country!
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