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The Venetian castle in the port of Naoussa on Paros.

St John the Theologian Church in Naoussa, Paros

If you have ever visited the Greek island of Paros you will understand why one of the most frequently asked questions is “how many churches are there in Paros?” By all accounts there are 450, of which 150 are in the towns and villages and the rest dotted about the countryside. There are also 30 monasteries, but only five are used as such today. Not surprisingly, Paros is one of the most important destinations in the Cyclades for those interested in the island’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine heritage.

Entering the Church

A Magnificent Iconostasis

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A Post-byzantine Church

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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