“C” is for Church


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I’m not a big church goer if I’m honest – but that’s before I came to live in Greece.

Now, I still don’t go to church per say, but have you ever BEEN inside a Greek Church?!  They are MAGNIFICENT (makes you wonder how else that money could be utilised – ie: pay some taxes?  But that’s a whole different story – I want to concentrate on the beauty and splendour of these places).

With their domed architecture and ornately decorated interiors – found in cities, towns and islands alike – big, small, whatever…one is sure to be charmed and/or awed by these magnificent structures’.

Small church on Naxos Island

One interesting fact: Churches on the AegeanIslands (eg: Paros, Naxos, Santorini & Mykonos) are influenced more in the Cycladic style.

Inside the domed ceiling in church on AntiParos in the Aegean

Churches in Ionian Islands (eg: Kefalonia, Corfu, Paxos & Ithica) are more ninfluenced by the Venetian/Renaissance style and ones located on the mainland influenced in the Byzantine style.

                                                                                                          Church of Ag. Gerassimos, Kefalonia. 
Local chuch in Ilisia neighbourhood, Athens
So, whether you’re religious or not – make sure on one of your (hopefully many) visits to Greece, you pray a visit to a church at least once to pay your respects and marvel at these defining features of Greek culture and heritage.


  1. I found it ! Thanks. I love the Cycladic style blue & white churches & tiny little Chapels ( also C`s ).Great blogs, well done x

  2. Thanks to you both – yes! The churches are beautiful indeed, both inside and out.
    Glad you’re enjoying the blog – I’ll try to keep you interested in future posts :0)

  3. Your post reminded me of Cavafy’s poem “In the Church of the Greeks”, his celebration, not of its mystic faith, but of its glorious Byzantinism.

  4. Since I’ve been writing about Greek Easter for a couple of weeks, my wife discovered that there’s an Orthodox church nearby and we went this morning. Service was about half-and-half, Greek and English, and was utterly wonderful. Matins, in progress when we arrived, flowed seamlessly into the Eucharist, a continuous experience of chant and incense and prayer and response and none of the clutter that has accumulated in Western worship.


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