Church of Panagia Paraportiani
One of the first floor chapels of this rock-like Byzantine church on Mykonos is open to visitors, while the chapel on the second floor is typically off-limits. The church is usually included on tours, along with other landmarks such as Kalafatis Beach, Ano Mera, and the windmills of Mykonos Town (Chora). For a more intimate look, take a walking tour with a guide for highlights including the church and windmills, as well as narrow back streets.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is a must-see for any first-time visitor.
Remember to dress respectfully and keep your voice down, as this is an active place of worship.
Set aside about 30 minutes for a visit to the church.
Don’t forget your camera; the front of the church offers views across the Mediterranean Sea.
How to Get There
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is in Chora (Mykonos Town), the island’s main hub. The church is in the historic Little Venice quarter, on the southern side of the port overlooking the Aegean Sea.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the church is just before sunset when the light begins to change, painting the whitewashed walls in shades of gold and pink.
The Churches of Mykonos
Despite its small size, the island of Mykonos is home to hundreds of churches, monasteries, and small chapels, many dating back to the Byzantine era. While the Church of Panagia Paraportiani is the most famous, some others worth visiting include Panagia Tourliani Monastery (home to the Ecclesiastical Museum of Mykonos), Paleokastro Monastery above Ano Mera village, and the Catholic Panagia Rodario church.