The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Mykonos, Cyclades: The monastery of Panagia Tourliani is placed 8km far from Chora town, in Ano Mera village. The construction was originally built in 1542 by two priests and was initially named after the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. The monastery was restored in 1767 and took its present name after an icon of the Virgin Mary found in the nearby area of Tourlos. Since then, Panagia Tourliani became the patroness of the island and celebrates on August, 15th.
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The architecture of the monastery is rather impressive, with a whitewashed exterior and a colored dome. A beautiful marble fountain is found in the yard outside the church. In the interior of the church, we can see an impressive wooden iconostasis (altar screen) made in 1775 by Florentine artists. There are icons of apostles and saints on the iconostasis as well as scenes from the New Testament. The screen is decorated with green, red and golden flowers.
The hanging incense holders are decorated with silver dragons having red eggs in their mouth, which show the Eastern influence. The monastery also has 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 will find the Monastery of Paleokastro, built in the 12th century and also worth to 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 Mykonos 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. You can participate in farm chores and try some local products as well.
The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is located in Ano Mera village.
Tours: Discover the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani with an organized tour, starting from 39€.
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 directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 559 7854, 0030 22890 22400 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car with as little as 10 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: Close to Ano Mera village lies the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani (3-minute walk). Note that there are two central bus stations in Mykonos town: Fabrika and Old Port. There are several buses from Fabrika to Ano Mera during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.