Agios Ioannis Detis in Monastiri Paros: Located on the rocky coast of Monastiri, the renowned church of Agios Ioannis Detis overlooks the beautiful bay of Naoussa and the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.
The sobriquet Detis derives from the Greek verb δένω (which translates into "tie") as Saint John was considered to “tie” the illnesses with his grace and cure the believers. In addition, the small bay was ideal for the mooring of ships which would “tie” their cordages and anchor there.
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As sources suggest, the church is estimated to have been established in the 17th century, while it was renovated in 1806 by a friar named Iosaf. The natural harbor that is shaped in front of the monastery was frequently considered 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 of the neighboring Cyclades is amazing. Praised for its unique natural beauty, the park of Agios Ioannis Detis also includes facilities for visitors (such as a cafeteria, sports area, etc.), as well as a theatre that hosts cultural events and performances.
How to get there
The Church of Agios Ioannis Detis is located in Monastiri.
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 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere'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 church of Agios Ioannis Detis and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Sea bus / Boat: Τhere are sea buses that carry out routes from Parikia to Monastiri.