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Folegandros - Church of the Panaghia

Church of the Panaghia

To the left of the primary school building overlooking Pounta Square a street leads into the stepped path which winds up to the church of the Panaghia, below the sum mit of the hill to the east. As you approach the first bend, the Roman marble bust of a robed male figure comes into view, erected above an arch in the modern cemetery wall ahead: it gives an intimation that this is the heart of the area occupied by the settlement of Ancient Pholegandros. The clearest evidence of this is the long stretch of Hellenistic retaining wall inside the cemetery enclosure (second level, back left) on which the chapel of Aghia Anna sits. The face of the wall is bisected transversely by a carefully executed ‘rope-course’ of masonry, which separates the courses of ‘ballooning’ stone blocks below, from the flatter more finished masonry above. The wall must date from the late 4th or early 3rd century bc. Further up the hill and in the surrounding area are the vestigial re mains of ancient habitation. The church of the Panaghia itself may occupy the site of a pagan place of worship, which in turn was replaced by an Early Christian church. As you enter the forecourt, some plain ancient column fragments and statue bases can be seen: one of the latter still preserves the tips of the bronze feet of a (probably Roman) statue which stood on it, with the lead filling still visible within the toes. Above, embedded in the lower south wall of the bell-tower, is the robed torso of a Roman funerary statue in marble. The church itself dates from c. 1820, when it was rebuilt to replace an earlier 17th century church to which the carved marble west door frame and the inscription just to the right of the entrance belonged. Inside the spacious interior, the iconostasis and the throne in a grey-white Tiniot marble are the work of the sculptor from Tinos, Konstantinos Kaparias.


Folegandros Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.


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Folegandros Island, Greece.

To reach Folegandros, it is often necessary to change ferries at Ios or Santorini.
Direct connections to Athens are only twice weekly with G.A. Ferries (from Piraeus), and once a week with NEL Lines (from Lavrion). Throughout the summer however, there are frequent connections to Ios and Santorini, daily by fast Flying Dolphin or by regular ferry (SAOS Lines) five times weekly, which plies between Santorini and Ios , via Folegandros and Sikinos. This last is generally operated with the F/B Arsinoe—one of the museum-pieces of Greek ferry lines, with a small chapel dedicated to St Nicholas, patron of mariners, on its upper deck.

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beaches

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Vardia beach
Aggali beach
Livadaki beach
Ampeli beach

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eating

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Taverna Mimis in Ano Meriá, 4km from the chora, is a traditional taverna, with a number local dishes such as rabbit with matsata—a home made pasta. The tavernas in Chora aim more for tourists, though Spitikó serves good home-made dishes, as its name implies.

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lodging

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Small and characterful, the most pleasant hotel on Folégrandros is the * Kastro Hotel in the heart of the old Kastro, with raftered rooms, traditional furniture and beautiful views (open Apr–Oct, T./fax. 22860 41230, www.hotel castro.com).
Anemomilos Studios (T. 22860 41309) and Artemis Rooms (T. 22860 41313), both at the beginning of the road up to the church of the Panaghia, are simpler, but pleasant and panoramic.

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museums

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Folklore Museum

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practical info

Folegandros Island, Greece.

840 11 Folégandros: area 32 sq.km; perimeter 42km; resident population 676; max. altitude 416m. Port Authority: T. 22860 41249. Information: Maraki Travel, T. 22860 41273 & 41221, www.folegandros. com

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