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Churches and chapels in Ios

A persistent myth says that there are 365 churches and chapels on Ios - one for each day of the year. Ios is not alone with that fame, there are more islands in the Cyclades where there is said to be exactly 365 churches and chapels. Like so many other myths, this myth is not true.

 

A churche below ground level in the port of Ios.

A churche below ground level in the port.

 

 

However, there are several churches with an unusual architecture on Ios, and there are many churches and chapels that stands extremely beautiful. When it comes to unusual architecture, there are churches below ground level, churches that are narrow and disproportionately long, and churches that looks like cream cakes.

 

Agia Irini church near the port of Ios.

Agia Irini near the port of Ios.


When arriving by ferry to Ios one see the beautiful church of Agia Irini on the right. Examples of long churches are found among the alleys of Chora, examples of churches that are partially below ground level are found just before the port, and outside of the big cathedral in Chora. The latter church - Agia Ekaterini - also belongs to the category of Cream cake churches.

 

Cathedral of Chora and the cream cake churche of Agia Ekaterini in Ios.

Cathedral of Chora and the cream cake churche of Agia Ekaterini.


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