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Agios Andreas church in Sifnos

Agios Andreas is the name of one of the many churches on Sifnos, there are numerous, but Agios Andreas is a bit special. The church is located on top of a hill where there once was a really old town. Archaeologists believe that the town was built as early as in the 13th century B.C. They have also found remains of a younger city from the 8th century B.C. Perhaps it is not so much to see for a layman, but for the ones who are interested in archaeology it is for sure extremely engaging.

 

Path that leads to Agios Andreas. Sifnos.

The old donkey path that leads to Agios Andreas.

 

But it is not the excavation itself that make the hike (there is a road up as well) to Agios Andreas worth the effort, nor is it the church that attracts. No, instead it's the view from Agios Andreas that entitle every drop of sweat on the way up.

 

Excavations at Agios Andreas in Sifnos.

Excavations at Agios Andreas.




The panorama view of the landscape is enchanting. Here, if anywhere, you see how beautiful it is on Sifnos. One can vaguely follow the old donkey tracks, one sees Apollonia with its suburbs, Kastro is shining white by the sea, Faros and Platys Gialos looks like tiny dollhouse villages and if you are lucky with the weather you can glimpse some of the neighbouring islands of Sifnos.

 

View from Agios Andreas in Sifnos.

View from Agios Andreas. Apollonia to the left and Kastro to the right.

 

To get to Agios Andreas you drive towards Vathy, stop at the sign pointing towards the church, park and then walk slowly and methodically towards the top. It takes no more than 25 minutes to walk. Why not enjoy both lunch and views? Buy with you some cheese, some tomatoes and a half retsina and the day becomes a memory for life.


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