About Tinos

Tinos is the island of beautiful architecture, tranquility and worship. Located in the north part of the Cyclades island group, it has been a place of worship since antiquity. Mythology says that it was home to Aeolus, the god of the wind, and protected by Poseidon, the god of the sea. It is easy then to understand why its ancient inhabitants decorated it with its magnificent temple of Poseidon in Kionia. However Tinos history with religion did not stop there: Currently Tinos hosts both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox populations, that coexist in harmony and have greatly affected the history and culture of the island. Although Tinos is still undiscovered by foreign tourists, it attracts thousands of natives not only because of its picturesque landscapes and gracious folk architecture, but also because of its famous church of Panagia Evangelistria. This  gracious temple is home to one of the most famous icons in the Greek Orthodox church: the reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Panagia Evangelistria attracts thousands of pilgrims twice a year for the celebrations of Virgin Mary. During these celebrations the famous icon is carried from the church down to the harbor over the heads of the faithful.

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