Churches in Serifos

Serifos counts on remarkable churches and historic monuments which are strongly connected with the local tradition and history of the island. More than one hundred churches and chapels are scattered in Chora and the surrounded settlements, most of which are restored Byzantine churches, monasteries, and chapels built in remote spots.

The most significant religious monument of Serifos is the Monastery of Taxiarchon located in Galani village, just a couple of kilometers north of Panagia village. The male monastery was founded in 1572 with strong walls and embrasures which make it look like a fortress from a distance. It used to provide protection from the pirate raids.

The church of Panagia located in the homonymous settlement is the oldest church of Serifos, built around 950 to 1,000 AC. Its remarkable frescoes that adorn its interior date back to 14th and 17th century. It is also worth mentioning Agios Konstantinos, a picturesque chapel standing on the highest spot of the island, on 251 meters altitude where visitors will enjoy a splendid view of the Aegean and the islands of Kythnos, Kimolos, Milos and Sifnos.

The tiny church of Agios Ioannis Theologos is Carved between the rocks in Chora and according to the local tradition it is built over the ancient ruins of the temple of Athena. Other churches found in the main village include Agios Athanasios which is the Metropolis church of Serifos located next to the Town Hall, Agios Antonios, and Holy Cross church.

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