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Panagia Ekatondapiliani

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duhoz wrote a review Oct 2020
Beroun, Czech Republic4,520 contributions375 helpful votes
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I first visit this church dating back AD 326 just before closing after strolling the city. The experience was magical. The lights, the silence and being there alone made a special atmosphere. The history blew at me. The structure consist of three churches. During my second visit late in the afternoon I could see mass christening party. It´s fantastic that the church is not close most of the day but stay open till very late at in the evening.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Greco1979 wrote a review Sep 2020
Farnborough, United Kingdom680 contributions73 helpful votes
One of the greatest churches I have visited. Make sure you are visiting during the Sunday liturgy. The singing by the cantor was amazing and giving goosebumps.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Elizabeth O wrote a review Aug 2020
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To see absolutely. The gift of Helena to Paros, after she was saved with her crew from a violent sea tempest, in the 4th century, during her journey to Jerusalem. Here is kept a splendid icon of the Madonna, and on the 15th of August, each year, there is a huge procession all around Parikia, full of joy, and faith. At night, everyone can enjoy greek dances, and music and singing, in the restaurants along the peer. A beautiful festival, that enlihgts Paros.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Alexandros Paraskevas wrote a review Aug 2020
Athens, Greece50 contributions11 helpful votes
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As a church enthusiast with a lot of experience in Byzantine architecture, I didn't expect to ever be as utterly blown away by a church again as I was when I stepped through the gates of Panagia Ekatondapiliani. Translated as Most Holy of a Hundred Gates, Ekatondapiliani is by far the most gorgeous temple in all of the Cyclades. One can easily see the unique stone masonry from outside, while walking through the outside courtyard decorated by the ancient ruins and the Byzantine remnants. But stepping through the church's entrance is another thing entirely. Inside the temple, one will be quick to notice the lack of frescos and wall art. The walls are instead beautiful stone masonry, minimalistic and humble. There are many halls in this temple, many of which are ancient and others more recent. The temple was constructed on an ancient gymnasium, much of which remains there today, in the form of repurposed columns, walls and art. The blend of Classical and Byzantine Roman architecture is unique and mesmerizing. The church complex has the main church as well as a multitude of smaller shrines and a Byzantine baptistry. The main temple is a direct replica of Haghia Sophia of Constantinople, though that was not always the case. The first church was constructed by empress Eirini, dedicated to Panagia, the virgin Mary, to show her gratitude for a successful pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Years later, after an earthquake destroyed the church, it was reconstructed in the form of Haghia Sophia. The local Neokoros was very helpful and accommodating, giving me a tour throughout the church. I was also able to get a view from the female-dedicated space of the temple. The church is located in a very central square of Parikia, and is open almost all day. It also has a souvenir shop and many events are held there. To everyone visiting Paros, and other church enthusiasts, I recommend visiting this place at least once.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Deborahjune wrote a review Nov 2019
Toronto, Canada563 contributions232 helpful votes
Lots of history here and easy to see in a little bit of time. Wonder around inside but be respectful. It's a beautiful spot and is well worth a visit to.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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