Just like most Aegean islands, Mykonos couldn’t be an exception. There are countless churches scattered all over the island, of course one cannot visit them all as it is said there plenty to pray at a different one every day of the year. Churches were oftern built by individuals and /or families as a way to express their devotion and gratitude.
Churches and monastaries are all well-preserved, their white-washed walls and domed roof (troulos) can be seen any way you look.
Panagia Troulani situated in Ano Mera, is named so because of its domed roof,troulos, and the icon of Vitgin Mary believed to be miraculous and thousands of visitors come every year to worship. It became famous due to its unique structure, and the icons. It houses the Ecclesiastical Museum exhibiting rare icons, holy garments and reliogious objects. Visitors are impressed by its bell tower and the intrinsingly decorated marble fountain in the yard.
Visit Paleokastro Monastery
While in Ano Mera you can also visit the Paleokastro Monastery the ‘ Old Castle Monastary’. It has an amazing design, and precious icons. There is an impressive 3-metre massive stone in its yard believed to be a symbol of worship in ancient years.
Panagia Paraportiani is the most popular featured in most tourist guides. It actually consists of five churches blending different architectural styles, which makes it so unusual. Paraportiani is built near the harbour and is the main attraction of the “Kastro”.
Other churhes worth visitng are: Agios Panteleimonas, Agios Georgios, Agios Loukas, Agia Kyriaki and the Catholic church of Panagia Rodarioto name just a few. All are located at spectacular spots from which one can admire a breathtaking view of the sea and an impressive sunset.