Panagia Ekatondapiliani, Parikia

4.8
#3 of 12 in Historic Sites in Paros
Visit the oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece, Panagia Ekatondapiliani. Constructed in the 4th century, the church complex contains three chapels and a baptistery. Believed to be founded by Saint Helen, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine, the church contains Byzantine frescoes and a 6th-century iconostasis. Explore the small museum inside the complex and admire the collection of medieval icons, ritual objects, and vestments used in church ceremonies. Be sure to see the baptistery, which containins the remains of an ancient mosaic floor. Arrange your visit to Panagia Ekatondapiliani and discover more family-friendly attractions in Paros using our Paros travel planner.
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  • This beautifully restored church is worth taking an interest in and spending a few hours there. Between the building itself, the visit of the courtyard, the attic from which one has a magnificent plunging view of the choir, the museum, one has enough to immerse ourselves in the history of the place with delights.
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  • Very beautiful monument of the 7th century or less, sumptuous richly decorated both externally and inside read a small guide to profanete of this historical place object of peelings and history of religion very well located and easy to access
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  • To see. Downtown. Beautiful church, well preserved with Byzantine style. Visited at sunset, very beautiful even in the evening all illuminated.
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  • This is a superb church that must be visited. Different architectures and historical periods co-exist. It's history is quite complex, though very fascinating, hence the importance of having a guide or a local person walking you through the monument. Even if you are not religious, it's really worth paying a visit to this church. What is also impressive is the cold temperature within the church. So definitely not something to be missed.
  • Very impressive and yet modest church. Dress modestly and visit it even as a place of interest. One of the must see places in Parikoia and very close to the main roundabout. It usually stays open until 9:30pm. There are also tours explaining the history of the church that are really informative but you need to check if they are done in English. At 8:30 pm there is one in Greek.
  • A really impressive church. I never expected to find such a church in a small island like Paros. As it is situated in the middle of Paroikia village, I suggest that you visit it. It will not take you more than a few minutes but they will be well spent.
  • Wonderful architecture and beautiful Byzantine art. The staff is helpful and the atmosphere amazing. Well worth a visit!
  • A massive, and insanely historical monument to Christianity that dates back to the 4th century AD built by the first Byzantine Emperor. Most of the church has been rebuilt and rebuilt, added without intruding to the former structures and you can see the weight and age of the years in the stone structures. Even if you're not a Christian, you should visit this church and take in the fact that millions of people in the past 1600 years have attended this church, walked the steps and lived and died there.
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