The deep religious faith and tradition of Chios mark the coexistence of Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches that are spread over a wider area. The pious atmosphere and the natural beauty of the island attract many visitors.
The monastery of Nea Moni is a symbol of Chios, built in the 11th century at the center of the island. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin and is decorated with superb marble and mosaics. For breathtaking views, visit the monastery of Agios Markos which lies on the mountain slopes of Karies village. It was built in 1886 by the monk Parthenios and nearby there the cave of Saint Parthenios, the place where he actually lived.
In Volissos, above Agia Markella beach lies the actual Monastery of Agia Markella, the saint protector of Chios. On July 22nd there is a great festival held and there are cells for the visitors who want to spend the night. In a short distance is found the place where the saint martyred.
A beautiful trail path connects Nea Moni with the Monastery of Holy Fathers. It was founded in 11th century by three monks of Chios, over a cave.
Outside the village of Neochori you will come across the Monastery of Agios Minas built between 1572 and 1595. The monastery is inhabited by 25 nuns who are involved in hagiography. The Monastery of Kourna was founded during the Frankish occupation by the Roman Catholics of Chios. It changed hands and became Orthodox during the Turkish period. It is located outside of Karyes village and it remains uninhabited to this day.
The Monastery of Nea Moni, between the villages of Karyes and Avgonyma, is one of the oldest monasteries in Greece. It was constructed in the 15th century and recently it was declared a World Heritage Monument by Unesco.