CHORA (MYKONOS TOWN)
Mykonos, one of the most beautiful islands of Cyclades, has become a highly popular tourist destination in the world today. Its cosmopolitan lifestyle, picturesque villages, wonderful beaches and active nightlife draw tourists in large numbers to this island. The capital is Chora, or Mykonos Town, and it is known for its unique Cycladic architecture.
The whitewashed cube-like buildings are closely knit giving it the shape of a maze of streets and narrow alley ways. Some call this island the jewel of the Aegean Sea. Summers attract a lot of tourists here when the famous clubs and beach bars remain open from morning till late at night.
Petros the Pelican has been officially declared as the mascot of Mykonos. He has made Mykonos his home since 1954.
THE ANO MERA VILLAGE
About 8 km from Mykonos town is Ano Mera, the most populated village on the island. Consisting of several scattered settlements, having as center the Cloister and the Panagia Tourliani church.
MONASTERY OF PANAGHIA TOURLIANI
The monastery of Panaghia Tourliani is the most significant highlight of the Ano Mera village,
about 8.5 kilometers east of Mykonos town (Chora).
The monastery was founded in 1542 by monks of the monastery of Katapoliani of Paros.
In 1767, the monastery was restored, assuming its present shape. Its marvelous architecture is impressive, especially the part which belongs to the bell-tower. In the monastery’s yard, there is a marble fountain, which has sculptured decorations, while the superb wood-carved “templo” (screen) of the church has been constructed in Florence.
MONASTERY OF PALEOKASTRO
Founded, most probably, in the beginning of the 17th century (i.e. around 1600 A.C.), during the Turkish occupation, under the “Kastro” (castle). The castle is dated from the Paleolithic Age, and it was used by the Venetian Andreas Gizis, when he occupied Mykonos in 1207. Near the village of “Ano Mera” remnants of the stone walls of this old castle are still visible.
Elia is in a distance of about 3 km away from Ano Mera.