Ano Mera

Panagia Tourliani Monastery in Ano Mera

In the centre of the island of Mykonos, about 8 kilometres east from the main town is a lovely little village that has grown up around a monastery that was built in 1542 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The village is the second largest on the island and is called Ano Mera. The monastery is called Panagia Tourliani.

Inside the whitewashed walls, the old chapel has been turned into a museum.

One of many restaurants.

Souvenirs and food near the Museum.

The monastery bell tower.

Three bells over the main entrance.

A lineup to enter the chapel.

The chapel is small. When several buses arrive at once, the lineup to get in gives time to explore the courtyard in front of the entrance. (not even one busload could get inside)

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The first glimpses into the chapel.

The space is quite small and there is so much detailed work crafted into every available space. The lights are dim and the camera flash is not permitted.

Crystal chandeliers and a carved wooden rood screen. (iconostasis)

The Bishop’s Throne.

A fresco of Jesus on the cupola dome.

The images below show more detail of the carved wooden rood screen, iconstasis, that separates the holy altar space from the nave, worship space. Also, notice the incense burners hanging on chains.

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4 Responses to Ano Mera

  1. Alice Gerard says:

    Wow, that is beautiful. I especially enjoyed the tree with the purple flowers and the icons. I would love to go there. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

  2. Wow, it looks so majestic! I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be standing inside & feel the energy of all the people who had been there before. Prayed there. Worshipped there. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Kemkem says:

    Beautiful images. We are going to Greece for 2 weeks in June and l am hoping that we get to Mykonos and Santorini as we’ve only ever been to Athens. I would love to see this :-). Absolutely gorgeous place of worship.

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