Churches in Lipsi
Lipsi has several churches and monasteries scattered around the island. Most of them honor the majesty of Virgin Mary following local festivities and celebrations. Around the area, you will find many small picturesque churches. One of the largest churches in Lipsi is the church of Agios Ioannis Theologos, located on a hill above the main town. From the yard of this church, you get a fabulous view of the island and the Aegean Sea.
This church was constructed in 1931 and its architecture distinguishes with the brownstone and the blue and white colors. The Cathedral of Lipsi and its construction was financed by the Lipsian Association of America, as described in the sign next to the entrance. Inside this church, visitors can see the Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary Mavri, created in 1500.
The church of Panagia Harou (Virgin Mary of Death) is set in a lovely surrounding, on the way to the beach of Hohlakoura. This is one of the oldest churches, built in 1600 by monks from the monasteries of Patmos island. The church was named after an icon of Virgin Mary who doesn't hold baby Jesus on her arms as normally, but she holds a wooden cross with crucified Jesus on it. This icon is said to miracle-working and its celebration on August 23rd is a large festival for the island. Many pilgrims from close islands also come in Lipsi for this festival.
Another church in Lipsi is the chapel of Agios Stathis, a small chapel built just opposite the beach of Hohlakoura, on the south eastern side of the island. All over Lipsi, there are many small chapels dedicated to various saints. Many of these chapels are built in high spots offering a gorgeous view to the sea.