Karpathos is mostly renowned for its religious celebrations and local traditions. Countless churches and monasteries are found on both sides of the island. The most important to see is the church of Agios Mamas located in the village of Menetes, southwest of Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos. This Byzantine monument is quite famous for its original architecture and beautiful frescoes.
However, the most famous church in the village is the colorful 19th-century church of the Assumption of the Virgin. The church of Agios Onoufrios dominates the top of the traditional village of Olymbos and attracts many visitors for its breathtaking view to the sea. At the center of Arkassa village, southwest of Pigadia is built the white Church of Ipapandi and the ruins of Agia Sofia, an ancient Byzantine church.
The small church of Agia Sofia is located close to Arkassa. This is one of the oldest churches on the island.
Church of the Assumption
The church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Menetes was constructed in the 19th century. This is the most famous church of the island and gives an amazing view of the surrounding region. For its construction, columns from the ancient site of Arkassa were used.
Church of Virgin Mary
This small church above Kyra Panagia beach is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is locally known as the church of Kyra Panagia. Constructed in traditional style and colors, its location offers an amazing view of the sea.