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.

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

 

  • Mount Athos

    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....

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  • The footsteps of St Paul in Halkidiki

    The footsteps of St Paul in Halkidiki

    On the eastern side of Nea Fokea, the known “Agiasma” (Holly water) of Apostle Paul is one of the most appealing and interesting landmarks....

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  • Old churches in Halkidiki

    Old churches in Halkidiki

    Kassandra The church of Taxiarches. It is located one km southeast of the settlement of Potidae, built in 1872 with materials taken from the site of ancient Potidaea. The church of Agios Demetrios, built in 1858, locates in the square of the village Athitos and its architecture is unique by having the basilica style, with such a prominent dome. The Continue Reading...

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  • Monumental Monasteries

    Monumental Monasteries

    Zygou Monastery (East Coast) Located in Ouranoupolis, about 40 meters beyond the Mount Athos borderline....

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  • Monasteries outside of Mount Athos

    Monasteries outside of Mount Athos

    1) Monastery of Zografou (Kassandra) Located in the village of Zografou, just before the beginning of the peninsula of Kassandra, between Nea Silata and Nea Moudania....

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  • The church of Agios Demetrios

    The church of Agios Demetrios

    Set in the main square of Afitos, the church of Agios Demetrios was built in 1858 on the ruins of an early Christian church....

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  • The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

    The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

    There is a very interesting story behind the chapel of Panagia Faneromeni....

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  • Religious festivals and events

    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 to find it....

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