Churches of Serifos
churches of Serifos
Like the other islands of the Cyclades, Serifos hosts a remarkably high number of churches, approaching 120. Some of them are built in the middle or late Byzantine period and renovated ever since, often preserving only some small visible feature from the initial phase, such as a column or a marble capitol.
Only a few churches of Serifos are built within the villages, as most are located in the rural zone surrounding the village, marking with their white forms the core of one of the many sparse rural settlements.
Churches of Chora (Serifos)
Chora (Serifos) hosts the higher number of large churches on the island. In the center of the settlement, next to the neoclassical town hall building, and within a beautiful marble-paved courtyard, stands the large church of Agios Athanasios, the cathedral of Serifos. In a lower level, the church of the Evangelistria, a building of 1907, dominates the center of the Kato Chora district.
Other interesting churches in Chora are Agios Ioannis Theologos, nestled in a rock cavity, Agios Ioannis, Agios Antonis in the Varda district, Stavros church, Panagia Xekourastra, Agios Eleftherios and Agios Georgios. Finally, in a location of high view, at the top of the rock bearing the Castle, stands Agios Konstantinos.
Churches and chapels in Mega Livadi
The parish church of the settlement is dedicated to the protector of the seamen, Agios Nicholaos. The church was founded in 1890 and extended during the flourishing years of mining activity.
Close to Evangelistria monastery is Agios Ioannis Prodromos, a large arched church with remarkable 17th century frescoes.
In the middle of the mining area, on the top of a hill with a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea, stands out, thanks to its vibrant colors, the domed basilica of the Holy Trinity.
Churches and chapels around Panagia
The church of Panagia is dating probably back to the end of the first millennium. The church is a cruciform basilica type and has remarkable frescoes of the 14th and 17th centuries.
A number of smaller single-aisled chapels, built on the hills or near the rural settlements, complete the list of religious monuments of Panagia district.
Churches and chapels around Galani
Of the churches in the district of Galani, Sotiras, built on the beautiful plateau of Lykourgos, is of particular interest. The church of Agios Nektarios is the parish church of Galani. On the surrounding slopes one could locate, marked by their bluish-white shapes, the chapels of Agia Paraskevi, Agios Polykarpos, Agii Anargyri, and much lower, at the edge of a prominent ridge, spot Agios Georgios Viglis.
Churches and chapels around Sklavogianis
The area from Sklavogiannis up to Kefala is a relatively rich rural area, with several small settlements, usually a handful of houses surrounding an old church. The most prominent of these churches are those of Agia Thekla and Panagia Liomantra, surrounded by a coutyard and auxiliary buildings for the annual festivities. Other notable churches are Agios Georgios in Kefala and Agios Ioannis Prodromos in Sklavogiannis.
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