Panagia Paraportiani: bright jewel of the Cyclades

The church of Panagia Paraportiani is probably the most photographed church in all of Greece.

It’s very suggestive!! Surrounded by old windmills, stands out with its five small chapels, that merge to create a single building. It dates back to the sixteenth century and is a splendid example of Cycladic architecture. Its name means ‘our lady of the back gate’ named after the secondary entrance of the walls of the long gone venetian fortress. (photo credits: hartan2013 – Ben Morlok)

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