Religious Tourism

 

 

Halkidiki: Pilgrims of Orthodoxy…

 

Halkidiki was introduced to Christianity in 50AD, when the Apostle Paul passed through Apollonia on his way from Philippi to Thessaloniki. Christianity became the legal religion of the Roman State since the era of Constantine I (beginning of the 4th century AD) and during the reign of Theodosius I it was proclaimed as the official state religion. Therefore, there are ruins or early Christian churches all over Halkidiki.

A lot of monasteries were founded during Byzantine era. After the foundation of Mount Athos monastic community, Halkidiki became the most important religious centre for Orthodox pilgrims. Most of the monasteries outside Athos peninsula were founded under the supervision of Mount Athos’s monks.

 

  • The footsteps of St Paul in Halkidiki

    On the eastern side of Nea Fokea lies “Agiasma” (Holly water) of Apostle Paul. It is an underground corridor of about 20 km in length, which has been carved on the natural rock and ends in a rectangular underground chamber. It is probably an ancient burial construction that, during the Byzantine period, was rearranged into a church....

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  • Religious festivals and events

    6th of January (“Theofania” - Epiphany) A splendid event, which is celebrated in every coastal settlement. People use to submerge the Holy Cross and jump to the sea in order to find it. The celebration of Agios (Saint) Theodoros (1st Saturday of Lent) A nice traditional feast is held in Agios Nikolaos, which is located in the bay of Panagia Continue Reading...

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  • Old churches in Halkidiki

    Kassandra The church of Taxiarches. It is located at one kilometre southeast of the settlement of Potidaea. It was built in 1872 with materials taken from the site of ancient Potidaea. The church of Agios Dimitrios. Built in 1858, this church is located in the square of the village Aphytos. It has a unique architecture, built in the form of Continue Reading...

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  • Monasteries in Halkidiki (outside Mount

    1) Monastery of Zografou (Kassandra) Located in the village of Zographou, between Nea Silata and Nea Moudania, the Monastery of Zographou was a dependency. Its remaining buildings are a Byzantine tower dated from the 14th century, the main church built in 1842 and a fountain of 1853. This monastery is situated just before the beginning of the peninsula of Kassandra. Continue Reading...

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  • Monumental Monasteries

    Monastery Dependency of Flogita (Kassandra) It dates back to 1311. Until 1924 it operated as a monastery dependency of the Russian monastery, later as annex of the American Red Cross, while during the Nazi Occupation (1944) it was bombed by the Bulgarian conquerors. In 1999 the City Council of Moudania decided to grant the area to the 10th Ephorate for Continue Reading...

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  • Mount Athos

    Mount Athos -commonly known as the Holy Mountain- is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world, consisting of 20 monasteries, 12 skites, and about 700 houses, cells or hermitages and approximately 2,000 monks. The “Garden of Virgin Mary” is the paradise of the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki!...

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