Paraportiani church is an imposing structure, synonymous to Mykonos

The chapel of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani is one of the most famous churches and monasteries of Mykonos and one of the most photographed churches in the world. The church is located at the entrance of Mykonos Town and what makes it so unique is its construction which is an assymetrical conglomeration of four churches into one.

Notice the four different architectural styles mixing Byzantine, vernacular, traditional and western style. Why so many churches piled up on top of each other? Well, it wasn’t meant to be that way. The five churches were not built all at once. Rather, they were built on top of older foundations throughout Mykonos’ long history.

The church dates back to the middle of the 15th century A.D. The name comes from the word “Porta” = Door, as it was build right next to the entrance of the Medieval castle in Mykonos town , which unfortunately has been completely destroyed. Agios Anargyros is the oldest of the churches, built in the 14th century. All of the other churches were built in the 16th and the 17th century. While in Mykonos town do not forget that there are great rent-a-villa options in the area offering upscale amenities.

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