Panagia Paraportiano (Virgin Mary Paraportiani) is the most famous church of Mykonos. The name comes from the word "paraporti" which means near the gate, since right next to the church was a small castle gate (exit to the sea), which dominated Chora during the Dark Ages. It is not known by whom it was created but construction began around the late 14th century and goes until the early 20th century.
Actually it is a building complex that includes five temples which during the centuries were transformed in a cluster of 2 levels. The 5 temples are dedicated to Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Anastasia, Agios Eustatius, Agios Sozon which form the basis of the construction and the Assumption of Virgin Mary, namely Paraportiani that sits in place of the dome. The materials used by the artisans were ruins and parts of the castle. Indeed it is probable that the two arches supporting the roof supported a major construction piece of the castle.
The human factor and the ravages of time have contributed to the monument to be characterized by a unique aesthetic view.
|Tourlos (Port)||3,9 km|
|Ano Mera||8,1 km|
|Era||15th century A.C.|
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