Skopelos is an island bursting with devoutness. Its religious character is evident everywhere. So it is no wonder why there are over 360 churches all over the island. Depicting the love of the locals for Christianity, these churches are marvels of ecclesiastical design. The oldest one of them is the Church of Agios Athanasios in Skopelos. It is located in Kastro area and is a basilica. An emblematic structure, built in the castle grounds and offering a glimpse at the island’s architecture.
The Church of Agios Athanasios in Skopelos dates back to the 9th century. It is the town’s first metropolitan church. In fact, it has been erected on the ruins of an ancient temple of Athena. Kastro is a Venetian fortress and thus the church is structured in a vantage point of the island. The privileged position of the church allows superb views to the Aegean Sea. If you look at it on the outside, the structure resembles a white dove or a cloud right between the sea and sky. The frescoes indoors are equally breathtaking. Once you are in Kastro, you are encouraged to step inside and light a candle. You will find the atmosphere extremely intimate and uplifting, whether or not you are a believer.
Skopelos, an island of Sporades complex, welcomes you to discover its sites and attractions. Among them, the picturesque of Agios Athanasios stands tall and invites you to explore its beauty. It is an old yet timeless landmark of Skopelos. A jewel on the island, discreet and classic. You see it as you wander through the waves on board a fishing boat, a ferry or a private yacht, or you visit it in your explorations of the island. Either way, it is a magical place filled with a special ambiance and boasting a spectacular view to the sea!