Agios Ioannis Detis church

Location: Monastiri   

Located in the north-western part of Paros, at the rocky coast of Monastiri, the renowned church of Agios Ioannis Detis overlooks the great bay of Naoussa and the endless blue of the Aegean sea, attracting many visitors every year. The name “Detis” derives from the Greek verb δένω (“tie”) as Saint John was considered to “tie” the illnesses with his grace and cure the believers, while also suggested that the small bay was ideal for the mooring of ships which would “tie” their cordages and anchor there.

As sources suggest, the church is estimated to have been established in the 17th century, while it was renovated in 1806 by the friar Iosaf. The natural harbor that is shaped in front of the monastery was frequently considered as an ideal spot for the mooring of ships, protecting them from the tempestuous weather conditions. According to an 1833 law of King Otto regarding friaries, the remaining monks were forced to abandon the abbey while in 1964, Gisele D’Ailly, a painter from the Netherlands was given permission to stay in the monastery and took up the restoration operations that lasted up until 1982.

Nowadays, the surrounding area has become part of the Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros which was established in 2009 and is house to rare flora and fauna species. Guests can explore the peninsula through the paved trails that suggest different walking routes while the view to the neighboring Cyclades is amazing. Praised for its unique natural beauty, the park of Agios Ioannis Detis also includes facilities for the visitors (such as a cafeteria, sports area etc. ), as well as a theatre that hosts cultural events and performances.

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