One of the most beautiful churches of Karpathos island is located in Olymbos, on the top of the famous traditional village. This church is a gem in Olymbos and one of the best sights of the village.
About the most beautiful church of Olymbos, Karpathos
The church is known as “Ι.Ν. Κοίμησης Θεοτόκου” in Greek, and it has very easy access in Olymbos. You can find this amazing church at the end of the main pedestrian street, where visitors arrive to the top of Olymbos. When you visit the village, just walk through the main street, while you reach the church of Olymbos.
The Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary was built hundreds of years ago in Olymbos, the oldest walls date from the Byzantine periods. In front of the building there is a beautiful bell tower and a tiny churchyard with flowers and marble ormanents, and make more beautiful this place.
In the garden of the church there can be find the sculpture of Manolis Papamanolis (1919-1943), a talented Greek painter, who was born in Olymbos, and died in the prison as a member of the Greek resistance. Inside the walls of the church there are many frescoes which are dated from the Byzantian times.
These old paintings represents some interesting biblical scenes, and one of the most interesting thing about the paintings, that some of these Byzantian artworks were emerged from under the newer paintings!
The church of Olymbos hosts also several gold plated relics, sacred icons and chandaliers.
The church of Olymbos is dedicated to Virgin Mary, and beause of that its name is Assumption of Virgin Mary or “Ι.Ν. Κοίμησης Θεοτόκου” in Greek. There are several other beautiful churches and chapels in Olymbos village, but this is probably the most famous and the most visited church in the village, and a favourite most of the visitors.
Don’t miss to find and walk around the church of Olymbos, when you discover the village!
Near this church there can be find St. Filimon church (Ιερός Ναός Αγίου Φιλήμονα), which is an another beloved place, and it is situated a one minute walk away in north direction.
Where to stay in Olymbos
The traditional village of Olymbos offer some accommodations for guests, just take a look for photos and reviews below.
Aphrodite Hotel (rooms for 2 – 3 guests)
Olymbos Archipelagos (rooms up to 4 guests)
Anemos Guest House (up to 3 – 4 guests)
Kalliopis Studio (2 guests)
Assumption of Virgin Mary church (Olymbos church) additional info
- Location: 43 kilometers to Pigadia, on the top of Olymbos
- Coordinates: 35.740931, 27.173079