Religious Tourism In Greece

The wealth of its Byzantine monuments makes Greece the perfect destination for thousands of religious pilgrims. Monuments of centuries-old ecclesiastic architecture and art, innumerable churches and monasteries give testimony to the country's rich religious heritage. According to ancient scriptures of Greece all the gods and goddesses were appointed with a different task.

The wealth of its Byzantine monuments makes Greece the perfect destination for thousands of religious pilgrims. Monuments of centuries-old ecclesiastic architecture and art, innumerable churches and monasteries give testimony to the country's rich religious heritage. According to ancient scriptures of Greece all the gods and goddesses were appointed with a different task. For instance Venus was the goddess of love and Mars was the of of war. All these gods and goddesses along with the king of the gods Zeus resided on the Mount Olympus. Moreover, every city of Greece worshiped their resident god separately. With the destruction of the Greek culture and dynasty by the Romans and Mohammedans, Greece lost all the ancient flavor of its indigenous religion. Religious tourism in Greece however, promises to take you to some of the remains of those ancient temples like Parthenon, the temple of ancient Korinthos and Acropolis. Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches in cities or in small villages, cathedrals, small churches in the countryside, monasteries and cells, decorated with excellent mosaics, paintings and icons, testify the persistence of faith and tradition.

In this age of globalized tourism, the spiritual aspect of travelling is often overlooked and swamped by more worldly concerns. But in Greece three areas in particular have resisted this, and remain magnets for those who want to slip back to a quieter, more mystical time: Mount Athos, Meteora and Patmos. In western Thessalia, Meteora, the 14th century Byzantine monasteries, are sinuously perched on the summits of smooth and vertical grey rock pinnacles. Built on the easternmost finger on the Chalkidiki peninsula of northern Greece, the over 1000-year-old monastic community of Mt. Athos includes twenty monasteries containing some of the finest examples of Byzantine treasures and a plethora of classical and medieval manuscripts. Finally, on the island of Patmos, the monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John is believed to have written the Book of Revelation in the later part of the 1st century AD, count among the most wondrous monuments world-wide. As an integral part of religious tourism in Greece one must never miss a visit to Elefsina. Associated with the Elefsinian mysteries and the temple of Demeter, this city is home to many unsolved puzzles and interesting mind games. A visit to the remnants of the golden era of the Byzantinian empire, Thessaloniki, offers a virtual storehouse of many ancient legacies. Boulevards, ancient temples with tall statues, museums, Byzantenian churches and influence of the Turkish culture can be noticed in this place.

Travellers following the steps of St Paul through the biblical sites of Korinthos, Lecheo, Athens, Thessaloniki, Philippei, Christoupolis (today's Kavala) - the first European city to convert to Christianity - and the island of Rodos, are on a journey to an unforgettable religious experience

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In mainland of Greece there many fantastic places for religious tourism such as Chalkidiki, Trikala, Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Korinthia, Serres. As for the islands, Patmos, Tinos, Thassos.

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