Churches in Amorgos
Amorgos is definitely one of the most picturesque islands of the Cyclades, known for its religious tradition. At the most peaceful spots of the island, one can see some beautiful churches and monasteries dating from 17th to 19th century.
The 11th century Byzantine Monastery of Hozoviotissa is considered the symbol of Amorgos located a couple of kilometers outside Chora. The monastery is literally hanging from the imposing cliffs at an altitude of 300 meters above the sea. It is one of the most important religious monuments in Greece and gives an amazing view of the endless blue sea.
Apart from the monastery, Amorgos counts on many churches which are dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary). Among them is Panagia Kastriani and Panagia Katapoliani, two old churches located in Chora. On a fabulous location overlooking the sea stands also the small chapel of Agios Georgios Valsamitis and close to the village Kolofana is found the blue domed church Agia Paraskevi. In the middle of the square lies the church of Agioi Pantes.
This impressive Monastery is the trademark of Amorgos. Built on the slopes of a rock, this monastery offers an amazing view of the sea. A trekking path leads to the beach of Agia Anna.
The small chapel of Agia Anna is built on a rock by the sea. It is located in Agia Anna beach and stands out for its pure traditional style.
On the way from Chora to Kamari, there is a small church dedicated to Agios Georgios Valsamitis. It was built in the 18th century and it is a dependency of Hozoviotissa Monastery. The location offers a beautiful view of the sea.
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos charms visitors with its sense of isolation and beautiful natural surroundings. Dating back to the 7th century AD, this is the oldest monastery on the island.
Prophet Elias Church is a chapel on one of the highest mountaintops of Amorgos, with whitewashed designs, a few frescoes, and breathtaking views over the nearby villages and the sea.
Agia Paraskevi is a Cycladic-style church near the village of Kalofana, with a simple three-arch design and beautiful interiors, while also hosting the most revered yearly feast of the Cyclades island complex.
The Church of Panagia Theoskepasti is a very small Orthodox church right outside Chora that boasts a whitewashed design, a Cycladic-like floor pattern, a couple of interior church necessities, and fascinating landscape views.
The Church of Panagia Epanochoriani has a white-and-blue typical Cycladic design, simple interiors, and beautiful frescoes, while it also hosts a renowned yearly festival on the 14th and the 15th of August.
Panagia Kastriani in Amorgos is a church building atop a wonderful, steep hill. It has a stripped-down interior temple and jaw-dropping surrounding views. A small celebration takes place there once a year.
Stavros is a small church on the mountain of Krikelo that can be reached via hiking. It hosts a few icons and some church essentials and celebrates on the 13th of September.
Agios Mamas is a small church on the mountainside of Amorgos, boasting a whitewashed design, a bell, and mesmerizing views. It is located between Aegiali and Asfontilitis.