The beautiful Church of Panagia Paraportiani in Mykonos, Cyclades is among the most photographed churches not only in Greece but in the entire world. It is located at the entrance of Kastro neighbourhood, right by the sea.
The name of the church (Paraportiani) means standing next to the entrance door, as the church was next to the Castle door.
The most unique part of this church is that it actually consists of five small churches that were built one on top or next to the other.
The church of Agios Efstathios is the centre of this complex, surrounded by the churches of Agios Anargyros, Agios Sozon, and Agia Anastasia. On top of these four churches, there is the church of Panagia, which looks like a dome.
The five churches were not constructed at once, but gradually along centuries. The oldest church is Agios Anargyros, which was built in the late 14th century. The other churches were built in the 16th and the 17th century, while there were renovations till 1920.
There are four different architectural styles involved including Byzantine, vernacular, traditional and western style.