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Evangelistria Monastery

The monastery is located in the depths of the island — about 5 km away from Skiathos town. The Athos monks who founded the monastery have been looking at that time for a place, from which it couldn’t be visible from the sea. The location of the monastery defined the role of this place in the history of Skiathos island: in the days of Ottoman rule Evangelistria monastery sheltered the Greek rebels. In 1807, the Greek flag in its modern form was first woven and raised here. Evangelistria monastery today is one of the most important places in the inhabitant’s daily life. It is a pace for weddings and baptisms, and twice a year, on big holidays, it gathers together almost the entire people of the island. One of such days is March 25: in the evening a service is held, after that a prosphora is given away for people, and then a procession begins with the miraculous icon of Mary Evangelistria. The Divine Liturgy lasts until morning. On the Day of the Assumption of Our Lady, the monastery becomes a destination point for the pilgrims from all over Greece and even world. While taking the Epitaph out of the monastery, all the believers sing psalms to Mother of God — it is hard to see something like that anywhere else.



Some relicts of the saints are kept in the monastery. The library has a collection of tomes, letters and manuscripts of the past centuries. And the museum here exhibits the survived relicts, as well as monks’ everyday life objects.



Entrance to the museum is for an additional fee.



There is also a small store here, selling the goods made by monks. Be sure to check the local wine and liquors.



One more thing you will probably notice about this place is the abundance of cats. They are here for a long time already and feel free like at home.



You can visit the Monasteries of Evangelistria and Kounistra within a day tour.

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Kounistra Monastery

To reach the monastery, you need to move out of the city towards Koukounaries and after 13.5 km to turn right. Panagia Kounistara is the patroness of the island and the monastery. It is small, but all surrounded by trees. According to the legend, the place for monastery wasn’t chosen by chance. An elder-hermit had a vision, after which he found an icon of the Virgin in the forest, swinging in the pine branches. The icon then was brought to the city, but it mysteriously returned to its place in the forest. This repeated for several times. As the story goes, people decided to build a church on the place where icon was found. Kounistra is translated as “swinging”.



The icon of Panagia Kounistra is nowadays kept in the Cathedral of Tree Hierarchs. On November 21, Christians celebrate the Presentation of Mary. It is a big religious holiday on Skiathos too. On that day, the inhabitants of the island go to worship the icon and receive a blessing. The icon is being taken out of the Cathedral and with solemn procession delivered to the Monastery of Panagia Kounistra. After, an all-night service is held, and the next morning the icon is returned to the Cathedral.



The only one prioress is looking after the monastery.

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Agia Paraskevi Church

A small stone church with a beautiful garden in a village of the same name. Location: bus stop #15.
The name comes from the homonymous church lost literally under the shadow of the branches of gigantic old growth trees and tall poplars near the sea.



Every year, on the Day of St. Paraskevi (July 27), a big celebration is held in the churchyard, with dances, delicious food and local wine. If you stay on Skiathos at this time, don’t miss the celebration.

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Panagia Limnia Church

This is the second largest church on the island. Its bell tower is visible from any point of the city. The picture “Christos toy Kastrou” and the skull of Alexandros Papadiamantis are stored here. The Church of Panagia I Limnia protects the traditions and customs of the island, described in the works of Alexandros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitidis.

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Treis Ierarches Church

The church of “Trion Ierarchon” (The Tree Church Fathers) which has been the cathedral of the island for 150 years leads the intellectual cultivation of the island
The Church of “Trion Ierarchon” is a basilica of three aisles, built in 1846. It is built in the centre of the village near the beach.
In this church there is the icon of Panagias tis Eikonistrias, which was found in a miraculous way around 1650. This is the patron saint of the island and it is a sacred pilgrimage for both the inhabitants and the visitors of the island.



Many sacred heirlooms from all the country churches of the island have been transferred into this church as well as many icons of great archaeological value. all these sacred heirlooms are in perfect functional condition.

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Panagia Kechria Monastery

A small church in the depths of the island, surrounded by pine and olive trees. This is the church of the 18th century, with a wooden iconostasis. It is chamber and secluded away from the noisy tourist trails.

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Agios Floros Church

This is the only church on the Tsougria Islet, opposite the port of Skiathos. Agios Floros is located on the west coast, having a stunning view to the Aegean sea.

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Nativity of Christ Church

This is a former cathedral of the medieval fortress-town of Castro, which was the capital of the island during pirate raids. The church is notable for its preserved ancient frescoes of the 17th century, which haven’t been restored.



This church has been praised many times in Christmas stories of Alexanros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitidis.



Celebration date of Nativity of Christ Church is 6th of August.

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Agios Nikolaos Church

The church is dedicated to the St. Nikolaos, patron saint of the sailors. Location: a high hill at the beginning of the harbor. It is worth getting up here to enjoy panoramic views of the city, the sea and the Tsougria Islet on the opposite. Every year, on September 6, big celebrations of the Day of St. Nikolaos take place here.

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Agios Fanourios Church

Agios Fanourios is a church no far from Skiathos town. There is a platform out there with a stunning view to the town and neighboring Skopelos Island. The church is named after the saint, who’s day is celebrated on August 27. St. Fanourios is a saint who helps to find lost and make up the loss, either it is a thing or a person.



Fanourios in Greek (φανερωνω, εμφανιζω) means “to disclose; to find”. St. Fanourios helps finding a lost cattle, lost objects and even luck.

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