Discover Pilgrimaging

Exploring Culture during Sailing Holidays in Greece

Greece is the absolute destination for pilgrimage holidays. There are innumerable churches and monasteries, known for their marvelous architecture and outstanding location, which are visited from thousand of believers and travellers every year. There are, also, some pilgrim routes as “Apostle Paul steps”, which is the route that Apostle Paul followed in Greece.

Hozoviotissa Monastery

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The Hozoviotissa Monastery is an 11th century building, known as Virgin Mary. It is believed that its icon arrived on a boat from Palestine.

The church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is located a few meters from the port of Paroikia. It is one of the most significant Byzantine monuments of Greece.

The Evangelistria Church is also known as Panagia Megalochari which means Virgin Mary with all graces. The church is located on a hill above the Chora of Tinos.

Mount Athos (Agion Oros)

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Mount Athos is also known as Agion Oros which means Holy Mountain and is the most famous complex of monasteries in Greece. Athos has 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries.

Nea Moni

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It was built in 11th century and it is a great architectural and artistic treasure. It is located in a spectacular setting high in the mountains overlooking Chios town.

Agia Markella at Volyssos

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The monastery of Agia Markella is located 6 km from Volissos village. The temple is surrounded by enormous plane trees.

The Monastery of Agios Raphael was built in 1963 on the ruins of previous monasteries. It is located near village Thermi, on the hill Karies.

Saint Nektarios at Aegina

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Saint Nektarios (1846–1920) Metropolitan of Pentapolis and Wonderworker of Aegina, was officially recognised as a Saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. His Feast Day is celebrated every year on 9 November.

In the year 96AD in a small cavern on Patmos Island Apostle St. John had a vision.

The first thing you notice on Patmos is the Monastery of St John the Divine or the Evangelist. It crowns the hill of Hora.

Kimisi Theotokou Monastery

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The Monastery of Dormition (Kimisi Theotokou), stands the middle of the quayside in Hydra's port. It was founded around 1645, based on the plans of Venetian and Genoese architects.

Hagia Sophia

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The Hagia Sophia (meaning Holy Wisdom in Greek) in Thessaloniki, is one of the oldest churches in that city still standing today and it is included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. About 50 A.

Apostle Paul Altar at Veria

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After being chased from Thessaloniki the Apostle Paul went to Veria, where he preached the Holy Gospel to jews and Greeks. The spot in Veria where Paul stood and preached, is called the "Apostle Paul's Altar" and is now an imposing monument with beautiful mosaics.

When Apostle Paul dreamt of a tall impressive Macedonian man who stood in front of him and asked him to “come and pray in Macedonia” he decided to set sails for Neapolis. In winter of the year 49, Apostle Paul landed for the first time on the Greek mainland in Agios Nikolaos area closed to Neapoli (today’s Kavala).

Probably the biggest reason for people coming to Philippi is to experience and walk through the ruins of the city that had the claim of being the first Christian congregation in Europe. Philippi is a hot destination for people coming to Greece on pilgrimage tours and cruises.

Sanctuary of Great Gods

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Samothraki is the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies. Considerable remains still exist of the ancient walls, which were built in massive Cyclopean style, as well as of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, where mysterious rites took place in ancient time.

The monastery of the Holy Cross is located in the east-central part of Samos island. First built in 1582, the monastery is one of the oldest religious constructions of the Island.

Saint Pelagia Monastery

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Saint Pelagia of Tinos, a Greek Nun saint, the one that has helped- through her visions- the discovery of the sacred icon of Panagia of Tinos. This icon is one of the most sacred, venerated icons of the Holy Mother, all over Greece and, maybe the most famous pilgrimage that is dedicated to Her Grace, each year on the feast of Her Dormition on August, 15th.

The ruins of ancient Corinth are spread around the rock of Acrocorinth, which forms a natural acropolis for the city. The archeological site of Acrocorinth is composed of ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Apollo, a stone minaret and many more remarkable excavations of the ancient times.

Metropolitan Cathedral

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The Mitrópoli, or Metropolitan Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Athens and an important spiritual center of Greek Orthodoxy. It remains a major city landmark and the site of official ceremonies like coronations and important weddings and funerals.

Kaisariani Monastery (or Moni Kaisarianis) is a beautiful 11th century Eastern Orthodox monastery on the slopes of Mount Hymettos just 5km east of Athens. Kaisariani Monastery was built on the ruins of a Roman temple.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum is based in Athens and is centred on religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. The museum has over 25,000 artefacts that span over a wide time range.

Saint Dionysius Church

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This church of Saint Dionysius is the biggest in the city and it is dedicated to the protector of the island. It was built in 1948 and it resisted the earthquake in 1953.

The Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, situated on the plateau of Omala, is the largest religious monument in Kefalonia. Saint Gerasimos is the patron saint of the island who has built the monastery himself.

Moni Katharon is a site of pilgrimage and a reference point for anyone who comes from Ithaca. It is built on the peak of the Homeric Mountain Nirito, 15 kilometers from Vathi.

Faneromeni Monstery at Frini

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The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni or Moni Faneromeni is the most important religious centre on the island of Lefkada. Situated in Frini, on the hilltop above Lefkas Town, this monastery offers a breathtaking view to the capital village, the northern side of the island and the opposite coasts of the mainland.

Panagia is the islet of the Virgin Mary which is located in Gaios Bay of Paxos. The Panagia Church on the islet is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.

Saint Spyridon Church

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The Church of Saint Spyridon, patron saint of the Island, is situated in the heart of Corfu town just behind the Liston. The exterior of the church is typical of the Venetian architecture and its bell tower is the highest point in town.

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