Nisyros is strongly influenced by the Byzantine era with the foundations of many churches and monasteries. Today most of them remain active but uninhabited. Instead many festivals take place to celebrate the saints or due to special occasions.
The most important church in Nisyros is the monastery of Panagia Spiliani (Virgin Mary of the Cave) located in Mandraki, the capital of Nisyros. The monastery is built at the highest point of the island, surrounded by the medieval castle walls, although most of it lies inside a cave.
Some kilometers southeast of Emporios village, in a beautiful region, out in the middle of nowhere stands the monastery of Panagia Kyra (Our Holy Lady), one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Aegean. There is a great festival on the 23rd of August.
In the village of Nikia, you will see the monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos. Other monasteries in Nisyros are those of Evangelistria and Stavros (Holy Cross).
Church of Panagia Spiliani
The name of this Monastery means "Virgin Mary of the Cave". It was probably built in the 15th century and hosts many ecclesiastical relics inside.
Church of Agios Theologos
At Nikia village, there is a lovely church dedicated to Virgin Mary. Outside the village, one can see the chapel of Agios Theologos, the church that has an imposing bell tower and a view of the magnificent volcano of Nisyros.