Dekapentavgoustos, Dormition of the Theotokos

August 15 or Dekapentavgoustos is one of the most important dates in the Greek Orthodox Calendar, as the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos is celebrated. It is a national and religious holiday that marks the “falling asleep” repose or kimisis of Panagia, mother of Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption…

Panagia of Tinos, National Patron Saint of Greece

Panagia of Tinos, also known as the Megalochari of Tinos (Great Grace) or Evangelistria of Tinos (Our Lady of Good Tidings), is the declared national patron saint and protector of Greece. The name (Megalochari) means “with all graces” and is one of the names given to describe Virgin Mary. The church is actually dedicated to…

Panagia Fidiotissa in Kefalonia

The most well-known church of Kefalonia is that of Panagia Fidiotissa. Every year a phenomenon occurs in the small church in the vicinity of Markopoulos, on the south side of the island as during the period of 6 to the 15th of August, the area is filled with small snakes, friendly to people, with a…

Panagia Paraportiani in Mykonos

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…

Panagia Hozoviotissa on Amorgos, one of the Aegean’s oldest monasteries

Panagia Hozoviotissa on Amorgos island is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Aegean, built in 1027 on the foot of a giant steep rock and renovated 1088, built by Alexius Comnenus I, it’s literally hanging on the cliff side 300 metres above the sea. The monastery was created in honour of…

Holy Monastery of Panagia Kera in Crete

The monastery of Panagia Kera is located in Agios Nikolaos, 50 kilometers southeast of Heraklion in the Dikti Mountains. The history of the monastery, the legends and the traditions regarding the miraculous icon of the Theotokos attract every year many believers and make the monastery one of the most important religious places of Crete. The…

Panagia Tsambika Monastery in Rhodes

Centuries ago the icon of Panagia Tsambika was located at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kykkos in Cyprus. In a miraculous manner, the icon would leave Cyprus and go to the mountain Zambiki of the Archangel in Rhodes. This would upset the monks of Kykkos and they went to great lengths to confine the icon.…

Panagia Episkopi, the oldest church on Santorini island

The oldest church of Santorini island is Panagia Episkopi, a former bishop’s church from the Middle Byzantine period. Located at Mesa Gonia on the foot of the mountain, Profitis Ilias, it is dedicated to Virgin Mary, it was founded at the end of the 11th century by the Emperor Alexios I Comnenos. It is an…

Historic Panagia Machairas Monastery in Cyprus

Located about 40km from the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, Panagia Machairas is a historic monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It lies at an altitude of about 900 m and was founded at the end of the 12th century close to the current village of Lazanias. Located on the slopes of Kionia, in the valley of Machairas mountains,…