This is a must for every fan of the Mamma Mia movie and also for those people who have never seen the movie but like to visit the classic small Greek Orthodox churches.
The church of Agios Ioannis is situated about a 15 minute drive out of Glossa down a small winding road. We went at a very quiet time in early June and I imagine that this road can get very busy in high season. There is not much of a car park but there is a small kantina and, especially in Summer, I would recommend taking a cool drink with you for the climb.
So, let's start by saying that we all know that Hollywood has artistic license and there is no way that the wedding party actually all got into the actual church - BUT - the location of this place of worship is something to behold. It is spectacular and well worth the effort. Okay, the climb is steep and narrow but the steps are well constructed and the hand-rails are very safe.
Our visit was, somehow, enhanced by the fact that as we arrived there was a thunder storm starting way out to sea and we could see the lightning strike the sea in the distance.
The visit is, or course, free but I doubt that many people would resist the opportunity to light a candle and say a prayer, if only for a safe journey back down the stairs!! There is a small collection box for donations.
Worth the time, and the effort!
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