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Sights


Hora

Hora is the capital and harbour of the island of Tinos, a beautiful city where cobbled streets, Cycladic houses and old mansions are maintained. In the street of the jetty we find a lot of shops, hotels, taverns, cafeterias and confectioneries with traditional pastry, while two wide uphill streets, lead to the church of Panagia (Megalochari)- built  from white marble. Near the church of Megalochari-in the place Poles, the wall of a citadel of the 4th century B.C. and the Archaeological Museum are visible.

Panagia  Evaggelistria
A masterpiece of Cycladic architecture and the first architectural monument of newer Greece, the church of Megalochari was built in 1823, after finding of the miraculous picture of Panagia , and progressively acquired its current fame as a pan orthodox adoration place. The church of Evreseos is located on the foundations of an early Christian church, which was itself built in the place of the ancient temple of Dionysus. Opposite from the temple of Evreseos we find an art gallery with very appreciable works of Greek painters. In the space of the church of Panagia  you will see a sacristy with ecclesiastical and historical objects of great value and a library with rare books, while in the Museum of Artists of Tinos we locate important works of local artists. Near the entry of the church there is a monument for the crew of the battleship “Elli”, which was torpedoed in 1940 in the strait of Tinos.

Museums


-Archaeological Museum

The museum is found in the Avenue Megalocharis, opposite from the building of the Greek Telecome. It was founded in 1963 and there one can find exhibited findings from the excavations in Kionia where among others a cluster of marine statues that are forming a marine theater cast presents great interest.
A number of big engraved jars from the temple of Dimitra from Xompourgo above the village Tripotamos are also accommodated in the museum.
It also includes ceramics from the mycaenean up to later Hellenistic and Roman periods, sculptures such as, the 1st A.D. century statue which is believed to be a portrait of the emperor Claudius, the marble sculpture that portrays Triton, a member of “tethrippos” from the 2nd century B.C., the marble  solar clock that shows solar time and solstices, work of Andronikos of Kyrristos from the end of the 2nd-beginnings of 1st century B.C., all these from Kionia and also a mosaic floor decorated with geometric drawings from Hora, found in the garden of the temple of Panagia . In the courtyard of the museum we find parts from the altar of Poseidon and Amfitriti.

-The museum of Artists of Tinos

It was founded in 1930 with initiative of the Pan-Hellenic Holy Institution of Evaggelistria in order to accommodate works of artists that were born in Tinos. Here one can see 5 works of Nikolaos Gyzis, 25 works of Giannoulis Chalepas, paintings of Nikiforos and Nikolaos Lytras, and works in marble of Georgios Vitalis, Lazaros Fytalis, Loukas Doukas, Lazaros Sochos, Nikolaos Stergiou, Ioannis Koulouris and Ioannis Voulgaris.

-Art gallery of Holy Adoration of Evaggelistria of Tinos

-Opposite of the church of Evreseos, an appreciable collection of works of art-given by the Institution of Athanassios Papadopoulos- is exposed for many years. It includes works of many known Greek painters, such as Nikolaos Gyzis, Georgios Iakovidis, Georgios Roilos, Polychronis Lempesis, Nikiforos Lytras, Dimitrios Pelekasis. Copies of works of Velaskes, Rubens, Rembrant, Mourigo and of other great painters of Europe are also exposed.

-Museum of Popular Architecture
In the monastery of Agia Triada (outside the city) we find an important number of objects from life in the older years on the island, from which particular interest presents the appreciable collection from marble transoms. In the Museum we also find homage to the torpedoing of the battleship “Elli” in 15.8.1940 (pieces from the boat, etc)in the gulf of Tinos.

-Educational Museum of the Abbey of Oursoulines (in Loutra)
The abbey of Oursoulines was an important educational centre for girls for 133 years (1860-1993) with a Greek and a French high school, with a workshop for carpets, sartorial, textiles, fine arts, housekeeping and musical studies (with 30 pianos). Samples of students works but also supervisory material that still exists, are exposed in the museum.

Folklore and Ecclesiastical Museum of the Abbey of Jesuits
This is a small museum with objects from the life and action of nuns in Tinos from 1661 in Xompourgo and from 1840 in Loutra with emphasis to their educational work and their relation with the youth. (Since 1994)

-Ecclesiastical Museum of Falatados
It is accommodated in the church of Agia Triada where Byzantine icons, ecclesiastical vestments and utensils are exposed.

-Historical and Folklore Museum of Karya
It is found in the old school of the village that was renovated with the contribution of sculptor of Irini Chariati and includes the collection of the sculptor with objects of traditional culture of the island, costumes, photo material, etc

-The house of Chalepas in Pirgos
The house of Chalepas, which has been changed into a museum, accommodates photographs and personal objects, while in its entry we find a statue of the sculptor. The two churches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Dimitrios with the marvellous marble décor, the preserved monument of the cemetery of Pirgos (18th century) with the sculpted tomb plates and a village square with marble springs and a century old plane tree (historical preserved monument), are also included in the sights of Pirgos.

-Museum of Artists
It is found in Isternia and accommodates works of Lazaros Sochos, Iakobos Malakates and of the Fytali brothers.

-Museum of Artists of Tinos (Pirgos)
It includes 47 total works, representative of the artistic production of sculptures that were born in Pirgos and Isternia. Only Gypsum copies are presented in the museum. In some of them, the marks that the artist put before the “transport of” work in marble are still visible.

-Sculpture gallery of Irini Chariati (in the entry of Pirgos)
It includes 60 original forms, work of one of the few women sculptors of Hora and of the whole island. They concern work that decorates public and private spaces in Greece and abroad. It was inaugurated in August 1998.

-Traditional Pottery Museum
In the Aetofolia region, a 2009 established museum that was founded by the Research Center of Modern Pottery. Its collectables present the various traditional pottery techniques while there are are multiple parallel festivities throughout the whole year.

-Museum of marble sculpture art
In Pyrgos, in the village of Panormos one may find the quite active in various exhibitions museum of marble sculpture art. Its working hours are from the 1st of March till the 15th of October: Daily (except Tuesday) from 10:00 b.m till 6:00 a.m. and from the 16th of October till the 28th of February: Daily (except Tuesday) from 10:00 b.m till 5:00 a.m.
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-Art Parc
In the crossroad between the regions of Marla and Mamados a new established in 2009 Parc is dedicated to the unknown carrier of the Exomeria region as well as in honour of the artists Giannoulis Chalepas and Nickolaos Scarlotas that are both originated from the regions' vilages.

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Churches
Apart from Panagia Evaggelistria and the church of Evreseos, in the city of Tinos we also find the Agios Ioannis, the Taxiarches with iconostasis from the 18th century, and the churches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Antonios.
Churches  can be traced all around Tinos.

Traditional settlements
The villages of Tinos, constitute exceptional sights, samples of extreme beauty and architectural value

-In Triantaros, you will enjoy the view to the Aegean from an altitude of 500 metres. The old communal washing-stones of the villages are still used today!

-Arnados is a picturesque village on the slopes of mountain Kechrovouni, known for its famous medieval arches and cobbled narrow streets. In its central square, the impressive church of Analipsis Hristou was built in the 1600. The ecclesiastical museum functions next to the church from 1987 and hosts old icons of the region's churches, ecclesiastical objects, old books and vestments.

-Karya is a beautiful village of the Byzantine period with buildings of unique beauty among eucalyptuses and  pomegranates. The folklore museum that exists here is remarkable.

-Mountados is found at a distance of 4 kilometres from Hora and is today a picturesque village with a traditional settlement that is more than 1000 years old. It is the homeland of the artists Lampakis and Mavros.

-The Dyo Horia (two Villages), a name which came from the conjunction of two settlements. The history of the settlements begins from the middle ages. The village is beautiful and built in a green and fertile region with running waters.

-Falatados, Is from the biggest and richest villages of Tinos and is dated from 1400. It is found east of Hora.  Here we find the monastery of Agia Triada built in 1610 in the place where three small chapels existed at the past, Agios Ioannis, Agios Vasilios and Agia Triada. The kneeling places are works of M. Kaparias, the neoclassic pulpit of N. Perakis and the icons are dated from the 17th century. The marble church of Agios Yannis and the beautiful Cycladic square of Megalochari dominate in the village, while we also find a small folklore collection and an ecclesiastical museum.

-Steni, is the largest village of Tinos, built west of Tsiknias. Appreciable monuments of the village are the church of Agios Antonios -with a wood carved iconostasis from the 17th century, a marvelous epitaph and some very old icons-and the church of Agios Nikolaos.

-Tripotamos is one of the most ancient villages of the island with picturesque architecture with arches, staircases, galleries and cobbled streets. The custom of “Kavos” is celebrated in Christmas in Tripotamos which contains early Christian, medieval and holy mountain elements. Here functions the only industrial unit of the island, the cheese dairy and the only ceramics workshop of the island that still functions.

-In the beautiful village Volakas you will be impressed by the moon landscape with its strange granite blocks of stone - a unique phenomenon in the entire world -and you will  closely admire the tradition of basketry.

-In Ktikado arches, cobbled streets,houses with marble transoms and an old spring, provide a separate beauty for the area.

-In Xinaras, seat of the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Tinos, we find the church of Catholics of Tinos, dedicated in Panagia of Rozario.

-In the “Palace of Despot”, a big building of the 19th century, the ¨Centre of Faith and Culture” is accommodated today. Here we find the museum of ecclesiastical heirlooms, the Archive of catholic parishes -that is also the older archive of Tinos as well as a radio station. The town hall of the Municipality of Exombourgo is found in the ground floor.

-In Loutra, a village built in a green environment, we find the Abbey of Oursoulines, which was founded in 1862 and today hosts a folklore museum.

-In Kambos we find the church of Agia Ekaterini from 1775, with a wood carved iconostasis and marvellous icons.

-Komi is a beautiful green village, built above the river of “Lazaros Perastras”. Its metropolitan temple is the church of Agios Ioannis, with an icon painted from the Italian painter Galiardi. It is a rural village, that has a wine factory and produces vegetables, fruits, lemons etc.

-Kaloni is also a rural village, built at the end of meadow of Komi.

-Its church, Agios Zacharias is a basilica with a splendid courtyard.

-Kardiani is a beautiful (mountainous) village hanging on the rocks with amazing views to the sea, built on the 17th century.Here, the visitor will observe the use of marble in almost all houses.The more than one thousand years old church of Panagia  of Kioura of (Dame) Kardiani and the cemetery from the 9th-8th century B.C. are included in its  sights.

-In Isternia, a settlement on the top of a hill with old mills and amazing views to the sea, you will see the monastery of Panagia Katapoliani from 1786, the church of Deyteris Evreseos, Agia Paraskevi with a marvellous iconostasis, Agios Athanassios (one of the oldest churches of Tinos) and the Museum of Artists. In the Isternia bay you will enjoy the sandy beach and the sea.

-The house of the greatest Modern Greek sculptor, Giannoulis Chalepas is also a museum, in his birthplace Pirgos, the biggest and perhaps most picturesque village of Tinos, with marble streets, springs, whitewashed houses with marble steps and transoms. Many of his works, mainly gypsum forms are exposed in the Museum of Artists of Tinos.

-The first declaration of the Revolution of 31st of March 1821 took place here with Georgios Palamaris as ringleader. It is a place of birth of big artists such as the painter Nikiforos Lytras, the sculptors Dimitris Filippotis and Giannoulis Chalepas and the music writer Nikos Skalkotas.
Today the house of Chalepas functions as a museum. Painting wood and stone sculpting workshops also function in the village.
A school of marble sculpting functions since 1957 in the village.

-In Panormos we find a cave with stalactites and stalagmites and iridescent phenomena of the very little light that enters in.

The remaining villages, constitute elements of exceptional architectural and cultural heritage. With the appreciable religious monuments, their narrow streets, traditional houses, they constitute poles of attraction for the visitors of the island.

These are: Agapi, Aetofolia, Vernadados, Karkados, Kato Kleisma, Kechros, Koumaros, Krokos, Platia, Mamados and Marlas, Mesi, Monastiry, Monasteria, Mountados, Myrsini, Perastra, Potamia, Skalados, Sklavochorio, Smardakito and Tzados

Pigeon houses
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In Kambos and in Tarampado you will see the most beautiful pigeon houses of the whole island. They are masterpieces of traditional Cycladic architecture of the 18th and 19th century, with decorative drawings in splendid variants that combine functionalism with beauty,thus excellently developing toying in between light and shade.
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