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You will come across a church almost every step of your way in Chora, since the Mykonians have built more than 60 churches inside an area of one square kilometer! Most of them date back to the 17th and 18th century and quite a few have been designated listed historical monuments by the Ministry of Culture. Agia Eleni, which was the island’s Cathedral until 1878, is also notable. The church of Agios Dimitrios stands next to it. It was built using ancient marble parts and it is considered the oldest church of the castle. Agia Moni is also one of the oldest churches. A bit further down the road, you will find the chapel of Agia Sotira. The church of Zoodochos Pigi (or Megali Panagia), at the square of Alefkandra, is the current Cathedral of Mykonos. According to the legend, the icon of the Virgin Mary was found inside a well (‘pigadi’) and that is why the church is also called Panagia Pigadiotissa.
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Paraportiani Church

- Paraportiani is the most well-known and one of the most ancient churches of the island. It was built between the 16th and the 17th century. It consists of a two-storey compound of five churches (four of them are on the basis of the compound, while the fifth one is on top of them, like a dome), that was built at the location where a tower of the island’s medieval castle used to stand. The four churches are: Agios Efstathios (at the centre of the compound basis), Agioi Anargyroi, Agios Sozon and Agia Anastasia. The church was named after a small gate (‘paraporti’) on the castle wall near it. (For further information please call: + 30 22830 22292).  
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Panagia Tourliani

The historical monastery of Panagia Tourliani is surrounded by an impressive wall and it is located in Ano Mera. Its spectacular architecture makes it stand out. It was named after the area of Tourlos, where, according to the legend, the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was found floating on the sea. The monastery was founded in 1542 by two monks from Panagia Ekatontapyliani of Paros and it was dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The monastery was built at the location of an older church dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. Its main church with the marble façade was built in 1670 and it was renovated from 1757 to 1767. The bell tower is decorated with beautiful marble reliefs that date back to 1806. Many valuable artifacts are kept in the monastery. Info Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, there is a procession of the honored icon that ends up at the church of Agia Kyriaki in Chora. The icon remains there until Lazarus Saturday, when it is returned to the monastery. (For further information please call: +30 22890 71249).  
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The Monastery of Paleokastro

It was built in the 18th century and it is a dependency of Panagia Tourliani. It is located on the hill of Paleokastro. Above the gate of the monastery with the defensive architecture you will see a stone relief that was made in 1887.  
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Agios Panteleimonas

The Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas is located at Marathi. It was founded by the monks Kampourakis and Gerasimos in 1665. It is quite an impressive building with defensive architecture. The murals of its main church date back to 1820. The icons on the iconostasis are quite interesting, as well.
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Panagia tou Rodariou

-The Catholic church of Panagia tou Rodariou with the big azure dome, which dominates the square of Alefkandra, is a rather notable one. It dates back to 1668 and it was renovated in 1677. The icon of the Virgin and Child, who are surrounded by Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Sienna, is of particular value.
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