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Sightseeing on Tinos

The island of Tinos is blessed with not only natural beauty, but also very important and worth-seeing historical, archaeological and cultural resources:

A walk through the town of Tinos will give you the chance to visit its main sights. Do not miss:

Panagia Evangelistria (or Megalochari) church: It was established in 1823 and built on the spot where the icon of Annunciation had been found after a vision nun Pelagia had. It is a majestic building made of white Tinian and Parian (=from Paros) marble. The exhibition of icons and heirlooms comprising of old icons from local churches and the ambry including works of gold thread embroidery and silverware are worth seeing.

The memorial of Elli, the Greek battle cruiser which was torpedoed by an Italian submarine outside the port of Tinos in August 1940.Next to the Evresis (=discovery) church (dedicated to the finding of the holy icon) which is located at the first floor of Evangelistria church, you will find the memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives when Elli was sunk.

The Art Gallery exhibiting remarkable works of Greek and foreign painters.

The "Small Park” where you can observe the busts of major Tinian artists.

Agios Nikolaos Katholikon Church.

Koimisis tis Theotokou church.

The fountain dating back to the reign of Otto, first King of Greece (19th century).

The building of the Foundation of Tinos Civilization exhibiting works made by the renowned Greek sculptor Giannoulis Chalepas.

The location known as “Pallada” near the port.

The church of the Holy Cross where you can see relics of the harbor breakwaters (1816).

The ruins of the wall of the ancient city.

The memorial to the Fallen (1912) offering an amazing view of the port.

The Archaeological Museum exhibiting findings from the sanctuaries of Demeter and Poseidon (7th century) and Amphitrite (dating back to the Hellenistic period).

The Tinian Artists Museum.

Archaeological sites on Tinos

xRoads and walking paths will take you to a plethora of conspicuous archaeological sites, among which we should mention:

Kionia: The sanctuary of Poseidon and Amphitrite has been discovered close to the village of Kionia. It used to be a Hellenistic sanctuary of great religious importance with a two-faced long stoa and a small Doric peristyle temple of the 2nd century BC with a sanctum altar and a fountain. Roman baths and imperial statues of the period 1st-3rd centuries AD have also been found in the same area.

Agia Thekla: Mycenaean tholos tombs of the 13th century BC with lots of pottery and jewellery items have been found.

Exombourgo: It used to be the most important ancient town of the island, built in the 8th century BC. To remind the glory days, there are now remnants in the area, comprising those of a temple dedicated to the goddesses Demeter and Persephone. Geometric and archaic vessels have been found too.

The Peisistratos Aqueduct: During the years of the tyranny of Peisistratos in Athens, the island acquired an aqueduct built between 549 and 542 BC. What is amazing is that Tinos stopped depending on that aqueduct for its water supplies only in1934!

One can come across other archaeological finds in the area of the villages Gastria, Vryokastro, and Marla.

Churches and Monasteries on Tinos

Tinos is the island of Virgin Mary, the religious island of the Cyclades par excellence. No wonder over 750 churches lie on its land, with 220 of them being Catholic ones.

Apart from the churches of Panagia (=Virgin Mary) and Evresis, in the town of Tinos there are also the churches of Agios Ioannis, the Taxiarhes church with the iconostasis of the 18th century, and the Catholic churches of Agios Nikolas and Agios Antonios.

In Falatado, you can visit the marble church of Agios Ioannis and the largest church on Tinos, Agia Triada, built in 1610.

In Steni, don’t miss the church of Agios Antonios, as it is decorated by a wonderful wood carved iconostasis of the 17th century, as well as by an impressive epitaph and some old icons.

In Ksinara is situated the Catholic church of Panagia of the Rosario, which happens to be the seat of the Archbishop of Tinos.

In Kampos, some more wonderful icons and a wooden iconostasis of 1775 await you at the church of Agia Aikaterini.

In Ysternia, you will see the Katapoliani Holy Convent of 1786, the church of Agia Paraskevi with the fantastic iconostasis, and one of the oldest churches on the island, Agios Athanasios.

On mount Tsiknias, there is the church of Faneromeni, providing services for both the Catholic and the Orthodox believers.

In the area of Kalloni, there is the Catholic church of Panagia Vryssiotissa, with the icon of Panagia (Virgin Mary) that had been found there in the 17th century.

The monasteries of Tinos are no less important and beautiful than its churches. Among them, you can visit:

  • The Holy Convent of the Ursuline order founded in 1862 and currently home to the Folklore Museum.
  • The Kechrovouni Holy Monastery that is dedicated to the Assumption. The church had been founded by three sisters during the 10th and the 11th centuries, and it is known for its wooden iconostasis with the post-byzantine icons, and for the Russian epitaph of 1558. All the buildings of the monastery, in which some fifty nuns live today, are made in accordance with the Cycladic architectural style -boxed shaped houses, narrow cobbled streets, marble fountains- displaying the image of a mini Cycladic village. The Church of Saint Pelagia, the nun whose vision lead to the discovery of the icon of Virgin Mary, is part of the monastery too.
  • East of the town of Tinos there is the Saint Trinity Church, or Monastery of Gyrla, that had been founded in the 11th century and boasts another one of the marvellous wood carved iconostases of the churches of the island. In the monastery you can also visit the Museum of Popular Architecture of Tinos, which is rich with marble lintels.

Among the Catholic monasteries, you can visit:

  • The Holy Monastery of the Jesuit order in the area of Loutra.
  • The Holy Friary of the Franciscans in the area of Messi.
  • The pilgrimage of Panagia at Vryssi, in the area of Agios Romanos.
  • The pilgrimage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, in the area of Exombourgo.

 

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