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Monastiria on Tinos

I am childishly fond of abandoned villages both at home and in Greece. It is so fascinating to walk around a deserted village and fantasize about times gone by. What was life like in the village before it was abandoned? Why did the residents move from the village? Why hasn't anyone moved back?


The church in Monastiria on Tinos.

The Catholic Church of Saint Joseph is the only building in Monastiria that is not ruined.


My favorite when it comes to deserted villages in Greece is Mikro Chorio on Tilos (in the Dodecanese islands) which was abandoned in the 1950s. Monastiria on Tinos is not as big as Mikro Chorio, but it is just as abandoned. The only building in Monastir that is not in ruins is the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph. This abandoned and captivating village lies between the villages of Krokos and Komi, which in turn is quite close to the love village of Agapi.


The abandoned village of Monastiri and the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph.

The abandoned village of Monastiri and the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph.


Map of Monastiri on Tinos in Greece.

Map of Monastiri.

Monastiria's decline and fall began in the 1960s, when the first villagers moved to Athens. They sought better opportunities in the capital and left their village for a better future. In 1970, Monastiria was empty of people and decay began.


The abandoned village of Monastiria on Tinos in the Cyclades.

An old shoe from "ancient" times remains in a window.


Bakery in the ruined village of Monastiria on Tinos.

One of the bread ovens in Monastiria.


In the village of Monastiria there are many houses that are in ruins.

I wonder how long it took to build houses that look like stone walls?

One thing that sets Monastiria apart from other abandoned villages I've visited in Greece is the unique architecture. Or rather the colour of the houses which were (are) pastel coloured. Maybe it was because the villagers were Catholic and not Greek Orthodox? As I said, the church is called the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph, and Greek Orthodox churches do not have such names.


The houses in Monastiria were (are) pastel colored in red and yellow.

Several houses were (are) pastel-coloured, like here where red meets yellow.


Remains of churches in Monastiria on Tinos.

Wonder what kind of building this was? A church?


Theaters and cinemas on the island of Tinos in the Cyclades.

And what kind of house could this have been? A theater?


Monastiria is one of many very beautiful and interesting villages on Tinos.

It was probably a pretty village once upon a time.

The villages of Monastiria, Krokos, Komi and Agapi on Tinos.

Remains of Monastiria. On the right is the village of Komi.


Unfortunately an artist used the village as an art installation a few years ago. He put up mirrors in the houses, which I understand would strengthen the feeling of abandonment. The mirrors remain, many of them are cracked and there is mirror glass here and there. It's been a few years since we visited Monastiria, so hopefully the mirrors have been removed. Mirrors or not, it is incredibly fascinating to wander around the deserted village and fantasize about how life once took shape here.


Catholic Church of Saint Joseph in Monastiria.

Catholic Church of Saint Joseph in Monastiria.


Beautiful and interesting churches on the island of Tinos in the Cyclades.

The church looks like a cream cake.


Catholic churches on Tinos in Greece.

This is what it looks like in the Catholic Church of Saint Joseph when a new pope has been elected. :-)



Don't miss the love village of Agapi when you travel to Monastiria on Tinos.

Do not miss the love village Agapi, which you can read about here »


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