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THE CHURCH OF PANAGIA EKATONTAPILIANI

A short walk from the port of Parikia stands the oldest Byzantine church in the Aegean, founded 17 centuries ago by Saint Helena. Panagia Ekantontapyliani (Our Lady of A Hundred Doors) is one of Greece’s most important Early Christian monuments, a domed basilica, sacked and burned many times in its long history. The sculptures adorning its interior come from the ancient temple of Demetra in Parikia, while the baptistery in its Southern side aisle is Orthodox Christendom’s oldest. In the church grounds are stored rare icons and ecclesiastical items.

PICTURESQUE VILLAGES

Lefkes: The mountain village of Lefkes offers itself for an afternoon stroll in its picturesque alleyways and through its Byzantine main street, leading to the local cafe. Admire the shady square and visit the school, the Museum of Aegean Folk Art housed in the wonderful Lefkes Village hotel and soak in the panoramic view of the island.

BUTTERFLY VALLEY

Who could ever imagine that a lush forest would be found in such a windswept, sun beaten island? Yet, in Psyhopiana SW of Parikia, you may visit a true to life butterfly valley, home to millions of colourful Lepidoptera in their forest habitat. Not to be missed!

THE CHURCH OF PANAGIA EKATONTAPILIANI

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A short walk from the port of Parikia stands the oldest Byzantine church in the Aegean, founded 17 centuries ago by Saint Helena. Panagia Ekantontapyliani (Our Lady of A Hundred Doors) is one of Greece’s most important Early Christian monuments, a domed basilica, sacked and burned many times in its long history. The sculptures adorning its interior come from the ancient temple of Demetra in Parikia, while the baptistery in its Southern side aisle is Orthodox Christendom’s oldest. In the church grounds are stored rare icons and ecclesiastical items.


PICTURESQUE VILLAGES

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Lefkes: The mountain village of Lefkes offers itself for an afternoon stroll in its picturesque alleyways and through its Byzantine main street, leading to the local cafe. Admire the shady square and visit the school, the Museum of Aegean Folk Art housed in the wonderful Lefkes Village hotel and soak in the panoramic view of the island.
The unique, picturesque miniature fishing village of Dryos is a refuge of peace in this otherwise crowded island. It offers a small quiet beach, picturesque tavernas and several rooms with sea views for rent. Take a ride to Prodromos. To enter its tiny confines, you must cross the village’s white gate.


BUTTERFLY VALLEY

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Who could ever imagine that a lush forest would be found in such a windswept, sun beaten island? Yet, in Psyhopiana SW of Parikia, you may visit a true to life butterfly valley, home to millions of colourful Lepidoptera in their forest habitat. Not to be missed!


AESCULAPIUM

If the aesthetic pleasure of watching the sun baked earth’s contrast with the blue waters is what you seek, visit the Aesculapium. The ancient temple –dedicated to the god of medicine- on the hill of Agia Anna South of Parikia, presents a rare picture of majestic white marble columns strewn on the ground.

QUARRIES

On the road connecting Parikia to Lefkes you’ll come across the island’s ancient marble quarries, the source of Venus de Milo’s and the Acropolis’ Caryatids material. Parian marble –a source of immense wealth for the island’s inhabitants in ancient times- served throughout antiquity to decorate every major temple and public building. Visit the remains of great halls and tunnels, bearing graffiti that identify famous ancient marble artisans. The quarry abandoned marble extraction in the late 19th century, after 2 millennia of continuous operations.

AESCULAPIUM

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If the aesthetic pleasure of watching the sun baked earth’s contrast with the blue waters is what you seek, visit the Aesculapium. The ancient temple –dedicated to the god of medicine- on the hill of Agia Anna South of Parikia, presents a rare picture of majestic white marble columns strewn on the ground.


QUARRIES

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On the road connecting Parikia to Lefkes you’ll come across the island’s ancient marble quarries, the source of Venus de Milo’s and the Acropolis’ Caryatids material. Parian marble –a source of immense wealth for the island’s inhabitants in ancient times- served throughout antiquity to decorate every major temple and public building. Visit the remains of great halls and tunnels, bearing graffiti that identify famous ancient marble artisans. The quarry abandoned marble extraction in the late 19th century, after 2 millennia of continuous operations.