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The Church of Agia Eleni in Mykonos: Mykonos is an island where someone can find over 60 different churches and monasteries. One of them is Agia Eleni, a Church of the Post-Byzantine era located in Chora providing a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea. Agia Eleni Church used to be the Metropolis of Mykonos until 1878 when the Cathedral Church of Zoodochos Pigi took its place. However, Agia Eleni is still a preserved monument and the biggest church in the area of Mykonos Castle, the oldest place of Chora. Because of its location, the church is also known as “Agia Eleni of the Castle” among the locals.
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Agia Eleni is dedicated to two of the most beloved Saints of the Orthodox Church, Saint Constantine, and Saint Helena, who are celebrated on the 21st of May. Inside the building, there are important icons of the Apostles, St. John the Baptist and Archangel Michael, while the marble which was used for the construction of the columns and the capitals derives from the island of Delos. Moreover, there is a remarkable Iconostasis with the icon of St. Constantine, St. Helen, and a Cross between them.
The church of Agia Eleni is a basilica that includes a chapel and a less than 9 meters high bell tower. The basilica’s building is white on the outside and its roof is made of brown tiles. The residents of Chora visit the church to light a candle or pray, while there is also is a church service twice a year. The first is at the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel on November 8th and the second is at the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th.
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