Church of Panagia Kanala

Location: Kanala   

The church of Panagia Kanala on Kythnos: The beautiful church of Panagia Kanala is located in Kanala village, on top of a hill with a great view of the sea. The church is known especially for its unique architecture. Stone arches, a picturesque atrium, and a beautiful garden surround this lovely church. Archaeological research has shown that the church used to be an important monastery in the Byzantine times.

The church houses a great icon of the Virgin Mary painted by the Cretan hagiographer and priest Emmanuel Skordilis when he took refugee on Kythnos in the 17th century. According to the folk tradition, this icon is miracle-working. Drawing a lot of locals and visitors every year on its name day, on August 15th, Panagia Kanala is the island's patron saint and protector.

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