In Karpathos island and in Greece religion plays an important role in everyday life since thousands of years. Most of the Greek people are members of the Greek Orthodox Church, which has about ten million members in the country. Visitors of Karpathos will meet a lot of tiny chapels and churches, which were built in in every village, on the slopes of the surrounding hills, in the valleys, and also on the top of the mountains. The chapels and churches can be find almost everywhere in Karpathos, from the southern tip of the island to the northernmost point, while the monasteries are not common here.
About churches, monasteries and chapels Karpathos island
Visitors of Karpathos often ask, where are the most beautiful monasteries and churches in Karpathos? Which monastery is worth a visit in Karpathos island and which church should be not missed? Where can we find hidden gems when we discover the island? These questions are always hard to answer, because there are a lot of beautiful churches and chapels in the island, which are true gems and definitely are listed among the best sights in Karpathos island.
Many chapels date back hundreds of years, some of these buildings still preserve old Byzantine frescoes. Most of the chapels are open to public, but a few can be find with locked doors. In these cases the keys of the chapels are usually kept in the nearest village. The churches of Karpathos island are closed more often due to the valuable paintings and religious objects, but some of the most famous are open to public. There can’t be visit ‘classic’ monasteries in Karpathos, such as in Crete or Rhodes, because on this island the churches are much more frequent, so don’t search for a monastery here. The Archbishop of Karpathos and Kasos is located in Aperi, near the center of the village.
The small chapels and the churches of reflect the deeply religious character of Karpathos island, which are present here for a very long time ago. The churches often have an official flag of the Greek Orthodox Church, which is a black double-headed eagle in a yellow field.
Don’t forget to wear modest clothes, so when you walk through the door of a church, knees and shoulders should be covered.
And now let’s see some of the most beautiful chapels, churches, hidden gems in Karpathos island, which are also listed among the best sights and top attractions. In addition to these, you can discover much more, when you travel to the island!
The best churches, monasteries and chapels of Karpathos, Greece
Menetes small church and chapel
Chapel at Amoopi
Amoopi small church and chapel, Karpathos
Chapel in Olymbos
Olympos chapel and small church
Byzantine chapel on the top of Olymbos
Olympus church, Byzantian chapel
Agios Theodoros chapel, next to Arkasa
Agios Theodoros chapel Karpathos
Agios Nikolaos church in Finiki
Finiki church and chapel
Agia Kara near Pigadia
Agia Karai church, Pigadia Karpathos
A small chapel close to Aperi
Chapel in south Karpathos
Church next to Arkasa village