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Panaghia Pantochara is a chapel erected in Sikinos, one of the last wishes of the Greek Nobel prize awarded poet, Odysseus Elytis, expressed to his partner Juliet Iliopoulou while he was alive. The opening of the church took place on August 6th of 2011 and since then there has been an annual celebration.

To reach Panaghia Pantochara, one must follow the route from the Chora of Sikinos leading to the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. In front of the small temple stretches the Aegean Sea, overlooking Sifnos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos and other cycladic islands.

Odysseus Elytis’s choice to build the chapel in Sikinos was far from accidental, as Sikinos remains an island that retains its Cycladic authenticity and its virgin element.

Alexander Samaras and partners offer architectural design. The project was completed with the care of the architect Lilian Stefanidou and the civil engineer Labros Kostakis in summer 2011. The land plot was graciously donated by Sikinos Municipality.