Byzantine Churches in Chios

Other than Nea Moni, there are a couple Byzantine churches hidden away in Chios that are worth seeking out. They’re located on the southern half of the island.

Panagia Krina (Παναγία Κρίνα) is Byzantine church built in the 12th century by Efstathios Kodratos and Eirini Doukaina Pagomeni, members of the Imperial Court of Constantinople. The interior is full of vivid 13th century frescoes, while 17th century panels were removed and are on display in the Byzantine Museum in Chios Town. Photography is forbidden inside the church. Panama Krina is open from 8am until about 2pm. It’s a bit out of the way but can be found by driving through the village of Vavili then following the signs.

Panagia Krina in Chios, Greece

Panagia Krina

Panagia Krina in Chios, Greece

Panagia Krina

Panagia Sikelia (Παναγιά Σικελία) is an 11th century Byzantine church that can be reached from a small road off the highway near Tholopotami. The church is closed to visitors but has some beautiful views of the surrounding area. Unlike Panagia Krina, there are no frescoes inside.

Panagia Sykelia in Chios, Greece

Panagia Sykelia

The view from Panagia Sykelia in Chios, Greece

The view from Panagia Sykelia

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