The monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Mykonos is situated 8 km from the town, in Ano Mera village.
The construction was established in 1542 by two priests and named after the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The monastery was restored in 1767 and owes its present name to an icon of the Virgin Mary found in the nearby area of Tourlos. Since then, Panagia Tourliani is the tutelary of the island and celebrates on August 15th.
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The building's architecture is quite impressive, with a whitewashed exterior and a colored dome. A beautiful marble fountain lies in the yard outside the church. In the interior, one encounters an impressive wooden iconostasis (altar screen) made in 1775 by Florentine artists. Icons of the apostles and saints, as well as scenes from the New Testament, are depicted. The rood screen is decorated with green, red, and golden flowers.
The hanging incense holders feature silver dragons with red eggs in their mouths. The monastery also boasts a small ecclesiastical museum which includes wood carvings, embroideries, vestments, holy icons, and the first bells of the monastery. To the southeast of the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, about 1 km away, you can find the Monastery of Paleokastro, built in the 12th century and also worthy of a visit.
Stroll around the alleys of Mykonos Town on foot and explore its quaint neighborhoods! You will get to know the local life and admire the town’s main landmarks. Afterwards, you will hop on a bus that will take you to Ano Meria village and the beach of Kalafatis, where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Get to know the authentic rural life of the island by spending time at a traditional farm! You will have the opportunity to find out more about the history of local agriculture and farming, meet the animals, visit the farm’s vegetable garden and see its crops.
The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is located in Ano Mera village.
Tours: Discover the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani with an organized tour at the best price.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 694 764 1474, 0030 22890 22400, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Folklore Museum and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: Close to Ano Mera village lies the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani (a 3-minute walk). Note that there are two central bus stations in Mykonos town: Fabrika and Old Port. Several buses depart from Fabrika to Ano Mera during the day. Itineraries might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.