Churches in Schinoussa

Getting around Schinoussa, one of the most picturesque and peaceful islands of Small Cyclades is a unique experience. Its natural beauty has won over many visitors and so far archeologists have discovered several ancient sites and Byzantine churches.

It is worth visiting the church of Panagia Akathi located in Panagia, the heart of the island. On 15th August, a great festival is held with food and wine. In fact many women in Schinoussa were named Akathi to honor the local church. Close to the main town, in Mesaria village lies the church of Evangelismos tis Theotokou and other chapels in the wider region.

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Church of Panagia Akathi

The most important church in Schinoussa is the church of Panagia Akathi in Chora, which is considered as the protector of the island. Built in traditional Cycladic architecture in the colors of blue and white, it stands proudly in the middle of Schinoussa village. The locals love a lot this church and, in fact, many women on the island have taken their name from this church and they are called "Akathi".

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