Top 3 religious buildings in Skiathos

The church at the Monastery of Evangelistria

The church at the Monastery of Evangelistria © gichristof/Flick

Chora is the capital town of the Island of Skiathos and has many interesting religious buildings. The most important one is the cathedral, which houses numerous relics and icons, but we also mention the Agios Fanarios Church and the Agios Nikolas Church. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the castle in Skiathos. There is also a Byzantine monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Kounistras that has a beautiful carved wood temple.

Another religious building is the Evangelistra Monastery, which is opened to the public and it is at 30 minutes from the capital.

 

The landscape is impressive and in the small museum are exhibited different objects that reconstruct the history of the island.

The Church of the Three Hierarchs

The Church of the Three Hierarchs in Skiathos opens its doors to those who want to settle away from the noise of big cities and everyday worries. The sanctuary was for a period of 150 years the island’s cathedral, playing an important role for the region. Inside the building was found at one time a miraculous icon from 1650. Here you can see beautiful paintings, all made by talented local artists. But remember that you are not allowed to take pictures inside to avoid the damage of the works of art.

The Church of the Three Hierarchs

The Church of the Three Hierarchs ©evilpeacock/Flick

The Kounistra Monastery

The best time to visit the Kounistra Monastery would be the end of November, On November 21 is the festival of the monastery. The many lit candles make a great atmosphere in the neighborhood. Tourists and locals celebrate together. In the end of november are also organized nights with campfires and people sing around them. The monastery is called Kounistra because of an icon that was found hanging in a tree nearby. It was taken to the city, but miraculously, the next day was again hunging on the same tree. Although this religious building in Skiathos is much smaller than the Evangelistra Monastery, it is unique and the view from here is absolutely spectacular, you shouldn’t miss it!

The Kounistra Monastery

The Kounistra Monastery ©Rambler99/Flick

The Evangelistria Monastery

The Evangelistria Monastery is a beautiful and special religious building in the Island of Skiathos that every person must see. The building is surrounded not only by mountains, but a rich natural surrounding. In was finished in 1806 and Monk Niphon of Chios handled the entire project, along with another monk, Gregorios Hatzistamastis.

Inside the monastery you will find several collections of clothing worn by priests. Tourists can also see here some very rare books and manuscripts from the eighteenth century, along with several wooden crosses and icons from the Byzantine period.

The church at the Monastery of Evangelistria

The church at the Monastery of Evangelistria © gichristof/Flick

 

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