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86 Nautical miles South east (SE) of Piraeus and 29 Nautical miles North (N) of Paros, Is Tinos, the one of the largest island of the Cycladic Archipelago, after Andros and Naxos, with an area of 197 km2 and a coastline of 114 km. The capital is also called Tinos. The highest mountain of the island is Mount Tsiknias, frequently battered by powerful north winds. According to mythology, Aeolus, king of the winds, lived on that mountain. On Tinos there are some fertile valleys (Livada, Potamia and Agapi) as well as several extremely arid areas, such as the surroundings of the village of Volax, with rounded granite rocks strewn over the barren earth.
Tinos has important mineral wealth (deposits of chrome, lead, iron, manganese, etc.). The island also produces white and green marble, unique in the world. It was used in the construction of Buckingham Palace and in the Louvre. The Tinians have always been farmers and hanged the aspect of their island at the cost of their unceasing labour. The barren earth turned into fields and the construction of stone walls created arable plots of land for increased agricultural production. Today, of course, tourism is an important source of wealth for its inhabitants.
Postal Code: 84200
Tel +30 22830

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Longitude: 25o 10' 2" E
Latitude: 37o 31' 37" N

The town of Tinos is called "chora" by its citizens and is a small insular township that began to develop during the period of theTurkish occupation. Upon arriving at the port of Tinos, you see two roads. Both of them lead to the cathedral of the Panagia. The one to the left, leoforos tis Megalocharis, is new; with the Town Hall, the telephone communications building and the Archeological Museum. The one to the right is the older Evangelistrias street. Numerous shops are concentrated on it.

Some History

Tinos is an island of the Cycladic Archipelago. It is one of the most interesting places of Greece, with great natural beauty and interesting folk lore. It is an important religious center, with hundreds of churches and country chapels scattered over the island. It is the most important place of worship in Greece, with the Sanctuary of Evanghelistria, which houses the miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary.
The island was inhabited from Prehistoric times. Ancient names, Ophioussa, Hydroessa. During the classical period, Tinos had commercial relations with the other islands and the rest of Greece. Particularly important to the island was the worship of Poseidon, god of the sea. In the 2nd Century BC, Tinos was under the domination of Rome. In 1204, the Cyclades Islands came into the hands of the Venetians and Tinos remained under Venetian rule until 1715. It then became a unique Christian oasis among the Cyclades which were all occupied by the Turks. In 1822, a miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary, dated to early Christian times, was found on Tinos. On that very spot, the Sanctuary of Panaghia Evanghelistria was built to house this icon. Tinos then became a religious centre for the whole of Greece. Every year, on the 15th of August, a very important religious celebration takes place and pilgrims from everywhere come to honour the icon of the Virgin Mary.

  • Last visit to Tinos Island: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 5, 2003
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:31 AM

    Hi, nice little page - lots of low lying cloud tho!Think my ferry pulled into Tinos on our way from Mykonos to Santorini - got some nice views of a few islands along the way.my 10 days in Greece were FANTASTIC!looking forward to seeing your Morocco trip!

  • simlys's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 6:42 AM

    One of the churches was built by my family, the art school too. The tree in the small square in Pyrgos was planted by Francisco Lyritis. They are present for so many years in the village although none of them is still living there... life is crazy, no?

  • INSULARIUS's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2007 at 7:37 AM

    The Volax Folklore Museum is housed on the old "papadiko" house.Papadiko stands for the "priest's or vicar's house".Volax, being a Catholic village, it was a custom for the Catholic priests to stay in a place, adjacent to the village church.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2006 at 12:15 PM

    Great little page, I just wish I had had more time on the Island, but isn't that always the case?

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2006 at 5:22 AM

    Happy belated birthday. Enjoyed this page, good to have some tips from a native of Greece.

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2005 at 9:03 AM

    Lovely island. Thank you !

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2004 at 3:30 AM

    One of those great moments, when you click onto a page of a place you've not heard of, and you want to go there. Looks very interesting, THANKS!!

  • kalenderov's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2004 at 3:19 AM

    cooll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2003 at 1:19 AM

    Looks me great now!!It is cold here..Thanks

  • Aggeliki's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2003 at 1:43 PM

    its one of the least islands i never have been... strange:)) I have to!

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