CHURCH OF 100 DOORS (Panagia Ekatontapyliani)|
Date : 1- -1 2004
Time : 14 : 1
This is an impresive Byzantine monument.
Notice anything different? It's the only church in Parikia that is not white.
This is more than a simple church, many legends surround this place. It was started by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, while on a pilgrimage to find the path to the True Cross. As is the greek custom when in trouble at sea, she vowed to build a church on this spot.
Another legend surrounds the gates, or doorways. Ekatontapylani was made up of three interlocking buildings, with 99 doors and windows. According to legend, when the 100th door is found, Constantinople (Istanbul) will return to the Greeks. The church is made of 4 buildings that interconect: The main chapel, Chapel, The Bastisimal font, and the Altar.
Around the buildings you will find beautiful gardens where you can rest.