Kythnos Panagia Kanala Church

The church of Panagia Kanala is the protector saint of Kythnos island and celebrates with a large festival on August 15th. This beautiful church is found at the village of Kanala, on the top of a hill. Due to its location, it offers fantastic view to the Aegean Sea.

Tradition says that the church was constructed after the locals found a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. This icon was found in the sea, in the strait (kanali in Greek) between Kythnos and Serifos. This is why the church was called Panagia (Virgin Mary) Kanala. A small church was originally constructed that was later renovated in 1869.

The church hosts an important icon of Virgin Mary that was painted in the 17th century by the Cretan priest Emmanouel Skordilis. A large festival is organized every year on the celebration day of the church of Panagia Kanala in Kythnos, attracting many local pilgrims and visitors from Athens and close islands.