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Attractions of Kythnos island



A number of important attractions await the visitors of Kythnos island.

Apart from the beautiful Cycladic villages and the amazing beaches with crystal clear waters, Kythnos has a number of worth seeing attractions for its visitors. For those interested in the history of the island, there are important archaeological sites and museums but also for the lovers of religious tourism, countless churches and monasteries, built in unique landscapes.



Panagia Kanala

The church of Panagia Kanala on Kythnos: The beautiful church of Panagia Kanala is located in Kanala village, on top of a hill with a great view of the sea. The church is known especially for its unique architecture. Stone arches, a picturesque atrium, and a beautiful garden surround this lovely church. Archaeological research has shown that the church used to be an important monastery in the Byzantine times. According to the folk tradition, this icon is miracle-working. Drawing a lot of locals and visitors every year on its name day, on August 15th, Panagia Kanala is the island's patron saint and protector.



Churches of Kythnos

Don't forget to visit the monastery of Panagia of Nikous, which used to be a secret school and where you will also see a beautiful epitaph of the Virgin Mary. Other notable churches are Agios Georgios, one of the oldest temples on the island, located in Katakefalo. The church of Ayios Savvas is located in Chora. A carving over the threshold establishes the year of its founding as 1613. The monastery of Panayia Nikous with a distance of 800 metres from Chora took its name from the Byzantine-era Panayia tis Nikopoiou, that is, Our Lady Who Brings Victory (nike). The church of Ai Minas in Dryopida will impress you with its exquisite wood - carved iconostasis and epitaphios and a bishop’s throne that offers a fine example of folk art.

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Katafyki Cave

Nearby is the Katafyki cave, one of the most important and impressive sights of the island, which combines in a unique way the natural and man-made element. In the center of the island, at the southern end of the traditional settlement of Dryopida, in the location of Fyres, visitors can tour an underground space, at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level, which consists of a large natural cave and artificial galleries. 



Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum of the island of Kythnos has been operating in the picturesque Dryopida since 1993 and was renovated in 2012. The museum exhibits objects of the island's popular culture. All the exhibits are objects that come from the daily life of the inhabitants of the island, such as furniture, costumes, utensils, tools, textiles, etc. On the ground floor, the visitors will see the agricultural tools used in the past, as well as the traditional costumes, the weavers and the "bed", ie the loom where all kinds of weaving were woven. On the first floor the space has been designed to present an authentic way, a traditional house, with a hall, kitchen and bedroom.




Vryokastro is located on the NW side of the island between the bay of Merichas and the bay of Apokrousi. The ancient city was called Kythnos, from which the current name of the island derives. According to the findings, it seems to have been inhabited between the 10th century BC. and the 7th century BC, when it was abandoned by its inhabitants, who moved to the Castle of Oria. Initially, the surface surveys carried out between 1990-1995 and during 2001 revealed findings and evidence that testify to the residential and urban development of the ancient capital of Kythnos.

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