Due to the subsequent attacks and invasions from the enemies, the locals of Parga turned to religion for comfort and hope. Today, Parga is home to numerous Greek Orthodox churches built on the hills and the center of the town.
West of the town, on a hill above Valtos beach, rises the Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna, the most important religious monument of Parga. Its 15 meters-high bell tower is the only surviving part from the Byzantine monastery and dominates the area. Around the church lie some ancient ruins with embrasures in its walls. It is said that the icon of Panagia Vlacherna which is hosted in the Ecclesiastical Museum was brought from Kappadokia.
Only 7 km from the center of the town, above the beautiful beach with the turquoise waters lies the chapel of Agios Sostis, one of the most peculiar churches wedged between two rocks. It is certainly a rare and captivating sight. It takes only 20 minutes to access by boat.
Agios Nikolaos church is the saint patron of Parga located right at the center, next to the Ecclesiastical Museum. It is also known as the largest church in the town with beautiful frescoes and icons.
On top of the islet located opposite Parga town lies the tiny chapel of Panagia. On August 15th, the name day of the Virgin Mary, you will see hundreds of faithful arriving by boat.
Among the dozen other churches that adorn Parga are Agios Athanasios (Krioneri beach), Agia Marina, Agia Eleni, and Agios Spyridonas.
The church of Panagia is located on the islet of the same name, in the bay of Parga Town.
Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna
The Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna, close to Valtos beach, is easily reachable through a cobbled path and hosts beautiful paintings. The bell tower dates from the 18th century and it is 15m high. The icon of Panagia Vlacherna is said to have been brought from Kapadokia, in Asia Minor, and it is kept today in the Ecclesiastical Museum of Parga.