Monuments of a deeply rooted faith

The most characteristic trait of Tinos is the island’s chapels. Almost every family have a chapel of their own. The family chapels of the Tinians are all white, most of them located all over the countryside, within the family plot, even on mountain tops and precipitous cliffs, beaches, plains and dingles. There are chapels wherever you can possibly imagine.

Just few metres (yards) away from the Aeolis Tinos Residences, at Triantaros, is the Church of the Holy Apostles (Agioi Apostoloi), built in 1861. It has been erected on the very spot where the old church of Mother Mary once stood. The carved wooden interiors, the marble altar and murals are worthy specimens of Tinos art.

At the Aeolis Estate, there are two chapels. The marble altar in one of them is an art piece of the local sculptor Kyrarinis.

In Chora and the villages of Tinos, there are cathedrals, parish churches and chapels. The Catholic churches’ sanctuaries face to the West while the sanctuaries of the Orthodox churches face to the East, towards the source of the “Light of the world.” The most striking feature of the cathedrals is their bell towers of different periods and styles, built separately from the temple. This is how the landmark of Tinos, the bell tower of the Temple of our Holiest Mother (Panagia), is built. Rising majestically on the side of the Temple, at a height of 30 metres, is the first striking feature to welcome you upon your arrival at the port. The bell tower of the Kechrovouni Monastery follows the same architectural tradition.

The Monastery of Our Lady of Angels at a 600 metre (yard) altitude on Kehrovouni mountain, is said to have been built between the 11th-12th centuries. According to local tradition, three sisters from Tripotamos village saw the same vision; a woman (Mother Mary) suggested they build a monastery at a specific point and live there as nuns. The three sisters decided to build their cells just below the indicated spot inasmuch as that particular spot was beaten by strong winds. However, each morning they would find what they had built the previous day demolished. Finally they were convinced and obeyed the Virgin Mary's directions to build the cells on the very windswept spot where you can visit the Monastery today.