The holy sites of Mykonos offer a unique monumental interest, concentrated around Chora and its nearby villages. Churches and monasteries of all sizes preserving their simple and austere architecture, stand proudly at the most privileged locations of the island with a splendid view to the sea. Their construction date begins from the Byzantine times and until the 19th century.
Panagia Paraportiani (Our Lady of the Side Gate) is the symbol of Mykonos located in the neighborhood of Kastro. The church actually consists of five other churches built in the 17th century. It is the most photographed church in Mykonos, famous for its unusual shape and architecture. Some kilometers from the capital of Mykonos stands the beautiful monastery of Panagia Tourliani, known for its remarkable architecture and rare icons. Inside the complex is the Ecclesiastical Museum of Mykonos displaying holy vestments and nice items.
The church of Zoodochos Pigis or Megali Panagia is the Cathedral of Mykonos standing in the heart of Chora and a couple of meters from there lies a Catholic church. The monastery of Paleokastro is another important religious site found on the hill slopes above Ano Mera village. It was founded in the 18th century and today it is inhabited by nuns. Agios Panteleimon is a beautiful 16th-century castle-monastery found in Marathi and is well-decorated with beautiful icons. Also worth seeing is the Catholic church of Panagia Rodario dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the numerous chapels.
Located in the village of Ano Mera, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani was founded in 1542 and it is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. The monastery also houses a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons and holy vestments, making it one of the most interesting sights in Mykonos.
Located in Chora, the Catholic Church of Panagia Rodario is a haven for the local Catholics and tourists. Although it was destroyed in a fire in 1991, it was repaired a few years later. The structure is one of the most impressive religious sights in Mykonos.
The church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the few post-Byzantine churches on the island. It was built during the fourth century in the Old Port and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the protector of sailors.
Agia Eleni Church used to be the Metropolis of the island. It's a well-preserved basilica with noteworthy icons, a lovely bell tower, and a chapel overlooking the sea. The church was built during the Post-Byzantine era in honor of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena.