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Tinos Town: Information

Welcome to Tinos Town!

Since Tinos Town has a year round population of about 3,000 (with an overall island population of about 8,000), there is always a feeling of hustle and bustle in the air as the locals go about their daily routine. During summer, the town is bursting at the seams with Greek visitors making their pilgrimage to the famous Church of the Panagia, by far the most important structure on the island and one of the most interesting.

A visit to the Church of the Panagia is, of course, essential in satisfying your curiosity as to why all of these people are here! It is also significant in understanding a bit about the Orthodox religion and learning why this miraculous Icon is so important to the faithful. The Icon was discovered on 30 January 1823, after the Virgin Mary had earlier appeared in a series of visions to a local nun. The nun, Pelagia, resided in the Tinian Monastery of Kechrovounie, where the visions occurred. With the help of local residents, the Icon was found buried amid the destroyed ruins of a Byzantine chapel on what was then farmland and what would soon become the site of the church.

Coinciding with the struggle for Greek Independence and considered a positive sign for its outcome, it was decided that the Icon should be housed in a suitable shrine, and construction of the church began in 1828. With contributions from all over Greece and abroad and using materials from an ancient temple previously located at the site, together with marble from Tinos and some from Paros, though mainly with shiploads from the nearby deserted island of Delos, the building of the church was completed in 1830. The Icon itself depicts the Annunciation, and was purportedly to have been painted by St. Luke. The nun, Pelagia, was ultimately canonized a Greek Orthodox saint in 1970... Continue
Tinos Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation

Tinos Town
Entrance to Holy Lady of Tinos
Tinos Fishing Boats
Tinos Harbor Morning Scene
Tinos End of Pilgrimage: People crawling on their knees all the way up from the port to the Church to have their wish fulfilled.
Tinos calm siesta hours! Notice the flower drawn on the pavement!
Agali Beach at Tinos Town
Tinos open-air Restaurant. What you cannot see are birds in the foliage singing!
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