Standing tall in Parikia’s charming village, lies the enigmatic Church of 100 Doors in Paros, also known as Ekatontapiliani or Panagia Ekatontapiliani. This landmark, a must-see attraction, captivates with its architectural beauty and rich history. Beyond a historical site, it embodies Paros’ enduring spirit, echoing tales of the island’s past through its aged stones, as a vibrant cornerstone in the local community.

While the name translates to “Church of a Hundred Doors,” Ekatontapiliani is said to have only 99 visible doors. Legend weaves a tale of a hidden, hundredth door that will only reveal itself when the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople becomes an Orthodox church again.


The origins of the Ekatontapiliani Paros date back to the 4th century AD, making it one of the oldest and most well-preserved Paleo-Christian monuments in Greece.  According to the legend, this magnificent Parikia church was founded by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. Seeking refuge in Paros during a storm on her pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she is said to have discovered a piece of the True Cross there, inspiring her to build the church. The initial structure was a three-aisled basilica, and over the centuries, it underwent transformations and additions, incorporating Byzantine and post-Byzantine architectural elements. Today, the complex stands as a testament to the island’s remarkable history, seamlessly blending various architectural styles.


Stepping Inside the Wonder

As you approach the Ekatontapiliani church, the intricate marble exterior adorned with carvings and mosaics is bound to leave you struck with awe. Stepping inside, the church’s grandeur unfolds further, revealing breathtaking frescoes and paintings adorning the walls and ceilings. The main church is dedicated to Virgin Mary, while the complex encompasses several internal chapels, a baptistery, and the cells used by monks. One of the most captivating features is the crypt, believed to be the oldest part of the church with 100 doors, dating back to the 4th century. This underground chamber houses ancient artifacts and relics, adding to the church’s mystique.

A Celebration of Faith and Culture

The Ekatontapiliani Paros holds immense significance for the people of Paros island and beyond. It is considered the island’s protector, and its icon is believed to possess miraculous powers. Every year, on August 15th, the church comes alive with a grand religious festival, and the procession of the icon through the streets of Paros attracting thousands of devotees and visitors to Paros. As the magnificent celebration of the “Assumption of the Virgin Mary” unfolds, presenting a vibrant spectacle, it grants visitors a profound insight into the deep-rooted faith and cultural traditions that define Paros. However, a visit to the enchanting Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Paros opens yet another gate, a portal to the Greek faith and heritage.


Your Gate to Paros

However, Paros extends beyond faith and tradition; it is a sanctuary for relaxation, a haven to unwind, escape the hustle, and rejuvenate. Look no further for such solace than Summer Senses Luxury Resort. Nestled in a breathtaking location with an alluring atmosphere, Summer Senses serves as your gate to the authentic essence of Paros.

Prepare to unwind amidst the timeless beauty of the Aegean. Your exclusive suite, a haven of serenity echoing authentic Parian architecture with simple, subtle touches of luxury.  Breathtaking vistas of the endless blue unfurl beyond your window. Days melt into blissful evenings by the pristine pool, while the Anassa Spa by Idolo promises deep rejuvenation. Savor the bounty of the region on your plate, with locally sourced ingredients bursting with freshness, all enjoyed under the invigorating sea breeze and the sweet fragrance of bougainvillea.

Beyond a hotel, Summer Senses is a seamless blend of opulence and authentic local encounters, your portal to a more serene way of life. Here, amidst the timeless beauty of the Aegean and the whispers of Paros’s untold stories, you’ll discover a sanctuary that lingers in your memory, beckoning you to return.

The true mystery of Paros is about to unravel, stay tuned!