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The Church Of Panagia Evangelistria is most people's main reason for coming to Tinos. Pilgrims come in their thousands to visit the place, especially on March 25 and August 15, the main pilgrimage dates. It might be wise to avoid these dates if you hate overcrowding, or conversely it might be fascinating to see the crowds. The reason they come is to see the miraculous icon within the church and to pray to it for its healing powers, or to give thanks for some prayers already answered.
The church stands at the top of the hill up which the town is built. The main street leading up to it, Megalahoris, has a red carpet laid down one side of the road, and cones to keep cars away from that edge of the street. The really devout pilgrims climb the hill to the church by crawling up that carpet on their hands and knees. We saw a couple of people doing it when we were there - they must be very devout.
The church, while quite modern, is built in a pretty, neo-classical style and is surrounded by courtyard buildings that contain side-chapels, museums and living quarters. No photography is allowed within the buildings.
The other street that runs up to the church, Evangelistria, is crammed with shops, many of them (particularly towards the top, near the church) selling devotional trinketry. Most of it is pretty, some of it is tasteful, but the majority is just downright tacky. Fascinating to see though. There's a good line in enormous candles too, some of them almost 2m tall! There's a special room at the church for the placing and lighting of such candles; within the main church - where the holy icon resides - only the usual small taper candles are permitted.
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