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“What church”

Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Sifnos
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Owner description: This majestic medieval monastery draws thousands of visitors a year.
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“What church”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

A beautiful church unique in the seafront with path to the beach, take lots of pictures with the white background church.

Visited August 2013
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“The one and only Sifnos icon”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

A very special promontory with a church dating to the 17th c. and a legend that goes back to the dreadful centuries of piracy, plunder and hardship while Greece lived under venetian, ottoman and even byzantine rule. It is a beautiful spot for eastern perspectives toward Paros and the Aegean but also for the nearby coves of Faros and Fassolou. The bus route to Platys Yalos leaves the visitor at the Chryssopigi spot on the asphalt road and there's a short path down to the church and the lovely beach of Apokofto. After visiting the church, the leisurely visit might include lunch or an early sundown dinner at one of the two restaurants on the cove: The "Chryssopigi "--a very good one; and "Apokofto", a wonderful spot with local offerings as well, though not always the best. Still, both locations are a small part of paradise.

Visited August 2013
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“Spectacular little monastery and church”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Chrissopigi monastery and church and the view of them is another iconic symbol of the Greek islands that has to be visited. Inside the church look for the boat hanging form the ceiling - it is quite incongruous. Sadly, on our last visit there was a caretaker inside. This was the first time we had seen the place 'guarded'.

A must, if you can, is to see the delivery of the sacred icon from Kamares to Panagai Chrissopigi which takes places only once a year in late June or early July. Two years ago we say the Speedrunner come into Apokofto Bay with the icon. After lots of blowing of ships' horns and an encirclement of fishing boats, the back was lowered and the icon was handed over to a priest on a fishing boat and taken with much ceremony again to the rock pier by the monastery where many priests and dignitaries were waiting. The icon was then carried to the church for a ceremony. Special buses were laid on from Appollonia right to the monastery and back. It was fabulous to witness this spectacle. I have lots of photos but do not have them with me now in Greece. See, however, http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=23&with_photo_id=37730644&order=date_desc&user=4631631

As others have said there is a very good taverna on the beach and a nice 30 minute walk to Faros for the bus back.

Visited September 2013
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“Must seen!”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

A unique church, which offer nice view and you can swim in the near beach with rocks. A typical Greek simple white-blue scenery that makes you feel wonderful.

Visited August 2013
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“Ideal summers lunch”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

For the 2nd year I visited this beach and again it was a success. The church is dramatically situated on the rocks and on the beach on the left side ( facing church) the first restaurant serves tasty food and fresh fish to choose in the kitchen. Nice shade from the trees. The beach is not super special but the views, lunch on the beach and walk to the next beach make it relaxt.

Visited July 2013
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