AMORGOS, the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades is a stunner,
with whitewashed houses, trestled alleyways and fiery rust sunsets ...
Kevin Raub in New York Post, 2010

Top Attractions on Amorgos

Amorgos is a beautiful island, rich in culture and ancient history, as well as long sandy beaches with clear blue waters. It was actually the first place which the Ionians passed through to get to the Cyclades Islands and then onto the Greek mainland. Amorgos’ ancient civilisation has left behind priceless relics which are scattered all over the island, from ancient tombs and stone tools, to inscriptions, vases and other antiques.

Amorgos is full of history, beauty and culture where you can visit ancient monuments or simply take it easy on one of the stunning beaches. If you love exploring and discovering new places, then you probably won’t want to stay at your hotel, browsing the web or playing partypoker by the pool – instead you are sure to want to learn about the ancient city and see spectacular monasteries such as the Panagia Hozoviotissa.

This ancient building is situated on the cliff side, northeast of Chora. In order to visit, you must be dressed appropriately in order to pay respect. Men must wear long pants and women should wear long skirts, pants and make sure their arms and shoulders are covered. The monastery is normally open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m everyday.

It is a beautiful and historic building which was built back in the 11th century by Alexius Comnenus I. It was an ode to the Grace of Panagia – or more popularly known as the Virgin Mary – who is believed to protect the island. This ancient and stunning monastery is built into the face of a cliff, which provides a breathtaking view of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. It is the pride of Amorgos and should not be missed.

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  1. Erwin is exactly right about Hozoviotissa! One of its dependencies, the convent of St. George Valsamitis, is another favorite of mine. It has been reactivated as a convent; the wonderful church there was not allowed to fall into ruin but the convent had not functioned for centuries. Now it has its first nun, Adelphi Irini, Sister Irene, or even better translated, Sister Peace. This very devout and very welcoming woman will explain the history of the place and make you feel at home. Again, proper dress is expected; the hours can vary according to sister Irene’s duties.

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