Marriage is one of the most sacred ceremonies between two people who are willing to take upon the challenge to build their lives together and to care for one another in sickness and in health. Why not commemorate this union in a Greek church on a beautiful island, as it is well known that the churches are located on the most exquisite locations with the most incredible views.
We have gathered a selection of 5 amazing islands with Greek churches that you will want to say “I do” in.
Church of Panaghia, Folegandros
Folegandros is a small island located at the center of the Southwestern Cyclades next to Santorini. Its deep blue waters are in complete harmony with its landscapes of wild beauty; its lacey shores that dance along with the Mediterranean breeze show the way to the islands’ pristine beaches…images that every visitor will hold in their heart forever! The locals of the island are proud of their church, and couples choose it for their weddings in part to give their guests a chance to marvel at the icons of its incredible iconostasis.
Chrysopigi Church, Sifnos
The moment you arrive on the island, the magic of the place lightly and gently settles over you. It does not take long to decipher this unbelievable feeling – its graceful beauty engulfs you in the first moments. A famous landmark on the island of Sifnos, and known as the protector of the island, this church is extremely popular for wedding ceremonies. It is located in the area of Platis Gialos, on the south side of the island, situated on a rocky cape that is only connected to the mainland by a small bridge.
Panagia Makrini, Samos
Samos is a place of overwhelming vegetation. Everything around the virgin landscape is made of color and light. Each step one takes is a revelation. Only 4×2 meters, squeezed into a cave with a 15-meter high ceiling, the Panaghia Makrini Chapel might be the oldest in the country, dating all the way back to the 8th century.
Ipapanti Church, Corfu
Unesco has declared the island’s historic center a world heritage site. The stately buildings with neoclassical influences will dazzle you. However, the small Ipapanti Church is located on a small headland that is connected to the shore of Kommeni in Corfu by a narrow pathway. From a distance, the church looks as though it’s floating on the water, and the walk up to the church can be decorated in many inventive ways.
Panaghia Thalassini, Andros
Authentic and peaceful, protected from mass tourism, the second largest island in the Cyclades is also the most fertile and greenest thanks to its many springs and streams.On the coast of the beautiful main village of Andros, you’ll find the amazing little chapel of Panaghia Thalassini. The location is perfect, combining a beautiful romantic setting with all the comforts that come with a large island with organized tourism.
Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Partner at Beyond Spaces Villas.