A Cycladic gem, complete with rich history, traditions and culture, Paros welcomes visitors with a truly immersive and unique experience all year long. Like the majority of the islands around Greece, one of Paros’ biggest celebrations takes place on August 15th, which represents one of the most pivotal events on the Greek Orthodox Calendar – The Assumption of the Virgin Mary. For this occasion, visitors from around Greece, as well as the world, travel to the picturesque island of Paros to worship the icon of the Virgin Mary and commemorate the momentous day at Panagia Ekatontapyliani – one of the oldest and most striking churches in the country whose name translates into the “church with a hundred doors”.
Said to have been built by the Emperor of Byzantium, Agios Constantine, in the 4th century to give thanks after his mother docked safely on the island during a great storm, the church is truly striking and it is no surprise that people come to pay their respects year after year on August 15th.
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While the architectural style and design elements of the church are undeniably incredible, that only constitutes one part of the overall experience of why people visit each year. Beginning from the 13th of August church services are held daily building up to the ultimate climax on the 15th where a procession flows through the traditional streets of Paros following the litany of the icon.
During these commemorative celebrations, an energy like no other will greet you, as excitement and joy intermingle with solemnity and sadness as some people celebrate the realisation of their prayers. The experience is truly immersive and can only be described as an emotional and moving event that provides true insight into Greek culture and tradition.
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