Churches in Kos

Kos charms every visitor with its exotic beauty and rich history, witnessed by its exquisite architecture, buildings and castles, churches and monasteries scattered at the most beautiful areas of the island.

On top of Paleo Pyli, an old village settled among the ruins lie three churches, Agios Antonios, Taxiarches and the Byzantine Church of Panagia Ypapanti which concentrates the highest interest for its well-preserved frescoes from the 14th century. At the center of Kos you will find five Orthodox churches and among them, the church of Agia Paraskevi is the most important to see. Its beautiful architecture makes it a pole of attraction for the visitors.

Another worth-seeing religious site is the Church of Saint John the Baptist located in the cemetery of Kos. Ancient material were used for its structure and today you can see many beautiful frescoes from the 12th and 13th century. Only 7 km south of Kefalos village, lies the Monastery of Agios Ioannis under the shadow of an aged plane tree whose height reaches the top of the Campanile. The ruins of the two Paleo-christian basilicas stand above the beach of Agios Stefanos (Saint Stephen).

At the small islet of Kastri is found the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. The chapel of Holy Cross is the only Catholic church in the town and the entire island. It lies in the area of the Catholic cemetery of Kos, also known as Agnus Dei.

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Basilicas of Saint Stephen

Kamari
A complex of Paleo-Christian basilicas is located near the beach of Kamari, southern Kos. The basilicas date from the 5th and the 6th century AD.
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Agios Ioannis Monastery

Kefalos
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis, 7 km south of Kefalos, offers a gorgeous view of the sea. Right next to the monastery, there is a huge plane tree.

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