Paraportiani Church (Panagia Paraportiani)

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Paraportiani Church (Panagia Paraportiani) picture
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Key Info

Kastro-Paralia

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

If you ask them, Mykonians will tell you that their island is home to 365 churches – one for each day of the year. However, Panagia Paraportiani is by far the most famous. Sitting in central Chora, this somber whitewashed church dates back to the Byzantine era and features a variety of religious decorations dating back to the Middle Ages. In fact, it's actually five churches constructed together. From its main entrance, you'll have spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Some admirers of the church recommended going at sunset, when the changing light makes the structure especially breathtaking.

You don't have to pay to visit Paraportiani Church. The building itself is rarely open, according to recent visitors, but it remains worth seeing even if only from the outside.

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