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Churches in Skopelos Island 

Churches are a characteristic and integral part of Skopelos landscape. Though only a small island, Skopelos has about 360 churches, chapels, monasteries and convents. Most closed for many years, except for the day they celebrate the saint they represent. Most of them were built by private initiative. The oldest existing church structure is the Basilica of St. Athanasius that was built in the 11th century and is located in the Castro District.

Skopelos has one 123. Many of them contain works of art: handmade “altarpiece” (altar – screens), frescoes and icons. So what are some of the monasteries and churches such as the Church of Christ, with its redo beautiful miniatures of saints and gold – decorated with chandeliers from Mount Athos.

Zoodohos Pigi church is supposed to contain the miraculous icon painted by St. Luke the Evangelist, with a magnificent gilded interior. Also worth visiting is the 18th century church of Panagia Eleftherotria, with a fountain under the plane tree and a slate roof dotted with brightly colored ceramics. Close IS Episkopi, fortified Venetian monastery was left unfinished by the Ottoman invasion. There is also a clutch of monasteries on the mountain Palouki above the town of Skopelos. Evangelistria clings to the rocks and enjoys the wonders of the city of Skopelos Bay. It was founded by monks from Mount Athos in the 18th century, but its impressive gold alter screen from Istanbul and dates from the 14th century. It is now occupied by nuns. Agia Varvara fortified monastery, now sadly declined, but said his frescoes of the 15th century.

All but one of the churches on the island observe the Greek Orthodox faith. Church followed by specific architectural forms that were gradually created from the first centuries of Christianity and after. Their jewelry, whether it be painting, mosaics, or other-always reflects the orthodox doctrine, in accordance with the specific style trends