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The holy island of Orthodoxy, where every August on Assumption Day thousands gather to make the pilgrimage to the Evangelistria church. Tinos has more than 40 villages today, about 1000 country churches, founded on slopes and hilltops, more than 1000 dovecotes, while masterpieces of local architecture and tens of derelict windmills are found in its gullies and valleys.
The scenery is lined by thousands of kilometers of dry stonewalls that make the landscape visually unique.
Tinos is full of superb examples of vernacular architecture and has produced a great number of notable sculptors, marble carvers and painters. Must visit the Costas Tsoclis Museum in Kambos , the Tinian Artists Museum in Tinos town, the Giannoulis Chalepas and the Marble Crafts Museum in Pyrgos. Among the island’s most characteristic features are the ubiquitous dovecotes which surround its charming unspoilt villages, such as Panormos, with its many marble craftsmen. The monastery of Kechrovouni, one of the largest in Greece, a masterpiece of Cycladic architecture.
The best beach in Tinos are Agios Ioannis Porto, Agios Sostis, Agios Romanos and Kionia you will find many other spots for a swim especially on the south-west coast from Stavros to Agios Ioannis and around the areas of Panormos and Kolymbithres to the north-east.
By ship from Piraeus, daily for information call T. 0030 2104226000.
By ship from Rafina, daily for information call T. 0030 22940 22300.
The Costas Tsoclis Museum in Kambos village | Contemporary Art
The 1000 and more dovecotes are built in the countryside at well-chosen locations near cultivated areas and water, on the slopes of mountains and ravines. They are a strikingly beautiful ornaments of the Tinian landscape. They are massive, stone-built edifices, the lower floors of which are used as storerooms for agricultural and live-stock products and tools while the upper floors are for pigeons.
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