It’s pretty cool being in an Orthodox country and seeing Orthodox churches pretty much everywhere. There are literally an estimated 1000 – 3000 on the tiny island of Tinos. I spotted a few in Heraklion and Gouves during our short stay, and I have a feeling I’ll find lots more here in Thessaloniki.
I didn’t get to go inside each one. About 20 of these are churches we drove by during a road trip around Tinos – we left going one way and came back another, and this is just from the return part of the trip. It doesn’t include churches I missed when traffic or road conditions did not permit slowing for a picture. If I can ever go back to Tinos, I’d like to spend one solid week visiting as many churches as possible.
Anyway, here are the few we’ve seen so far:
Evangelistria of Tinos. The red carpets are there for pilgrims who come from the street below, crawling on their knees. Some also cheat a little and wear knee pads, or start at these stairs instead of the street (a very steep – and BIG – hill) near the port. I don’t blame them.
P.S. If you’re looking at this singular blog post instead of looking at the main page/archives (click the post title), you’ll see one of the many icon shops in Tinos Town up in the banner.