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.


  • The church of Agios Demetrios

    The church of Agios Demetrios

    Set in the village square of Afitos, the church was built in 1858 on the ruins of an early Christian church. The Basilica of Agios Demetrios was built with locally-quarried stone and is the largest Eastern Orthodox Christian church with a dome in Halkidiki. The church is open all day and the locals regularly attend services. It is a triple-shelled Continue Reading...

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  • The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

    The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

    The local tradition say that in the 16th century, one the villagers saw a light coming from the sea approaching the coast. He thought that they were pirates so run into the village to to alert his fellow villagers. In the morning, when the light reached the shore, they saw that it was a large piece of marble, with Virgin Continue Reading...

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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. 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 Continue Reading...

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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 to find it. The celebration of Agios Theodoros (1st Saturday of Lent) A traditional feast is held in Agios Nikolaos, which is found in the bay of Panagia. 25th of March The Continue Reading...

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  • 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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  • 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. The Monastery of Zografou was a dependency and some of its preserved buildings is the Byzantine tower dated from the 14th century, the main church built in 1842 and the fountain of 1853. 2) Continue Reading...

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  • Monumental Monasteries

    Monastery Dependency of Flogita (Kassandra) Until 1924 it was a monastery dependency of the Russian monastery, later an 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 Byzantine Antiquities, to undertake the necessary Continue Reading...

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  • 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. The “Garden of Virgin Mary” is the paradise of the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki!...

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