Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Paros
The church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is located in Paroikia, just 200m away from the port and it is the most imposing church in Cyclades, but also one of the most important in Greece, almost 1.600 years old. On August 15th is Her feast and festive events are held in Her honor. Its history begins from the 4th century AD. century. During the search for the Holy Cross, Agia Eleni stopped in Paros and prayed in a small sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary, promising that if she found the Holy Cross, she would build a large church in the name of the Virgin Mary. This promise was kept by her son the emperor Constantine the Great. The church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani also houses the Ecclesiastical Museum, which features rare Ecclesiastical works of art, wood carvings and relics from the Byzantine era.