White Churches, Mykonos
Where ever we turned, we saw a beautiful white church in Mykonos. I understand there are more than 250 because the majority of the little white churches are privately owned. Here they are built by families to commemorate the lives of departed loved ones. Sometimes you may see two or more churches in a private backyard. And I guess many families don't have any because they simply can't afford them. These little churches are an integral feature of the island.
Depending on where you do your research you will get varying tallies for the numbers of little white churches on Mykonos. I've found numbers ranging from 250 to 365. Why so many? You may well ask.
The majority of the little white churches are privately owned and you will see them everywhere. They are built by families to commemorate the lives of departed loved ones. Sometimes you may see two or more churches in a private backyard. And I guess many families don't have any because they simply can't afford them.
These little buildings however are an integral feature of the island.
Visiting Mykonos and the towns with Mykonos Town (Hora) as the main town, you notice that all the homes and buildings are white, real white, with colorful window frames, shutters, stairs, and doors. Many of these buildings are not homes or businessess but have a cross on the top, and these are the, God only knows how many, churchs of Mykonos. Some say over 250 to play it safe. Others say there is one for every day of the year. Most likely even more exist. Walk around the towns of Mykonos and see how many you can count. Not only large churchs, but smaller churchs, with some having only room for one person. Many are located in beautiful positions on the Island, some structures are designer models others just walls and a top, some with red accents, some with blue accents. Maybe that's where the song "My blue Heaven" got its name for it surely looks like what I think heaven would be like.
Dawn in Mykonos town (Hora) by the port arrives with the fish and food peddlers, some by cart and others by mule. The activity of purchasing your lunch or dinner from these mobile markets is not only money saving but gives you the sense of the old days and how one went about buying your food. No supermarkets back then. Not only is it beneficial to be at the port near dawn to be invigorated by the morning sea air but the sight of the mules, baskets and peddlers make great photo ops.
The best day time program on the island is to find a beach you like and lie on the beach doing nothing just enjoy the sun, nice sea and great view active music. What a wonderful life.....100% relax. :)
There are nice beaches everywhere on the island, with/withour bar or music. Nomatter who you are...you'll find your favorite beach to stay.
There are very few but most beautiful churches on this Island. The Chruch which is in the picture was not even mentioned in the guide books but i found it myself while exploring the Island. Its very close to the 'Archeological Musuem'. So, i hope u will find it easily and enjoy its beauty.
There is a "quite big" white church next to the port. All churches in Greece are similar inside, and this church in Mykonos is not an excepcion.
Despite this, the outside (the structure/architecture) is quite different to other Greek churches... Just have a look at the picture...
The tiny white churches in Mykonos as great to visit.
They are found everywhere.
Remember they are working churches though and not just a tourist attraction.
Lovely and peaceful :)
There are many White washed Churches throughout Mykonos. Many are not listed in the tourist maps. Apparently they look similar on the inside. You can go inside and light candle.
You can see many small churches everywhere in the island. Do you notice that all the churches are face to the same direction!!