Guide to churches in Alonissos island, Greece
In Alonissos town itself and the surrounded settlements you will meet many surviving churches and monasteries that were founded during the Byzantine and post-Byzantine years. Here you will find peace and many religious treasures to admire. The most impressive churches lie within the medieval castle of Alonissos.
The first one you see after the entrance is the 12th century church of the Christ, a prefect example of Byzantine architecture and one of the few that survived the big earthquake. Much older is the 11th century church of Agios Athanasios which also survived the earthquake and has a beautiful paved yard. Agios Georgios is the third church that preserves its original medieval character. It houses two Orthodox icons and offers a gorgeous view to the sea.
Moving beyond the borders of the castle one meets the Church of Panagia tou Vounou, dedicated to the Virgin (of the mountains). The church lies on the mountain slopes and is decorated with beautiful Orthodox frescoes from the 17th century. Close to Alonissos is Kyra Panagia, one of the largest inhabited islets of North Sporades.
On top of it, stands the 16th century Byzantine monastery of Kyra Panagia, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The islet was named after the monastery which offers an amazing view to the sea. It is quite popular with tourists, especially during the festival that takes place there on August 15th.