Cyclades have become world renowned for their lovely landscapes, along with their distinctive architecture. And it is the latter that becomes obvious, while looking through photographs of the amphitheatrically built settlements and the endless blue embracing them. When it comes to Sifnos, Cycladic architecture has been preserved with special touches of the locals. So as you wander through the island, you are bound to come across whitewashed houses and blue domed Sifnos churches. Let’s have a closer look at some of these churches to explore.
Perhaps the most famous church on the island is the Church of Seven Martyrs. Located by the prominent settlement of Kastro, this church has been built on top of a cliff. Right on the edge where the mainland meets the sea, the chapel looks like it is about to plunge in the water. The view from this lovely spot on the island is breathtaking. Travelers either take pictures from the top of Kastro or visit the church, to see the magic from up close.
Panagia Angeloktisti is one more typical example of Cycladic churches and chapels. According to its name, this church has been built by the angels. It is situated at the village of Katavati. This is definitely one of the most wonderful churches on the island, dove-white with exceptional frescoes and mosaics. Katavati is a village within short distance from Apollonia, the capital of Sifnos. So it offers smooth accessibility to those in pursuit of the best Sifnos churches.
Panagia tou Vounou is found on the road between Apollonia and Platys Gialos. All-white with a large bell tower, this church is dedicated to Virgin Mary of the Mountain. Traditional in style, the church offers magnificent views to the sea and the islet of Kypriani. A great idea would be to combine your visit to Panagia tou Vounou, along with a splendid swimming experience at Platys Gialos beach.
Other Sifnos churches include Panagia Ouranofora in Apollonia, Panagia Eleousa at Kastro and Agios Constantinos at Artemonas, Panagia Poulati and Panagia Vryssi. Discover as many of them as you can, during your travels on the island!