Visit the oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece, Panagia Ekatondapiliani. Constructed in the 4th century, the church complex contains three chapels and a baptistery. Believed to be founded by Saint Helen, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine, the church contains Byzantine frescoes and a 6th-century iconostasis. Explore the small museum inside the complex and admire the collection of medieval icons, ritual objects, and vestments used in church ceremonies. Be sure to see the baptistery, which containins the remains of an ancient mosaic floor. Arrange your visit to Panagia Ekatondapiliani and discover more family-friendly attractions in Paros using our Paros travel planner.
Panagia Ekatondapiliani Reviews
We just stumbled across this church as it was towards the end of the tourist season and it was almost dead quiet. The church has an absolute astonishing history and a must to explore. There is a museu... more »
L’appellation officielle de l’église aujourd’hui est "Ekatontapiliani" (la Vierge Marie de 100 portes), parce que selon la légende: "Katapoliani a quatre cent dix neuf portes visibles ; la 100ème port... more »The official name of the church today is "Ekatontapiliani" (the Virgin Mary of 100 gates), because according to the legend: "Katapoliani has four hundred and nineteen visible doors; the 100th gate is invisible and will appear and open when the Greeks occupy Constantinople"......... Inside: very religious atmosphere (many of the faithful gathered ... ) and the oldest church on the island, transformed into a chapel "the chapel AGIOS NIKOLAOS"
This is a superb church that must be visited. Different architectures and historical periods co-exist. It's history is quite complex, though very fascinating, hence the importance of having a guide or a local person walking you through the monument. Even if you are not religious, it's really worth paying a visit to this church. What is also impressive is the cold temperature within the church. So definitely not something to be missed.
Very impressive and yet modest church. Dress modestly and visit it even as a place of interest. One of the must see places in Parikoia and very close to the main roundabout. It usually stays open until 9:30pm. There are also tours explaining the history of the church that are really informative but you need to check if they are done in English. At 8:30 pm there is one in Greek.
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