Panagia of Tinos

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The icon of the Panagia of Tinos, also known as the 'Evangelistria' which means the 'Lady of Good Tidings', is a beautiful portrayal of the Virgin Mary kneeling with her head bent in prayer. Four major festival days are commemorated in association with this icon and church: January 30 - the annniversary of finding the icon; March 25 - the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; July 23 - the anniversary of the vision of the nun Pelagia; and August 15 - the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.


This icon is regarded as being older than the Byzantine period. Many scholars regard this icon to even be the work of the Apostle and Evangelist Luke. It is assumed that the icon was highly esteemed in the Byzantine era and hidden or lost around the time of the Moslem invasions. The icon was rediscovered miraculously and the construction of a church was begun and completed by 1830. Even before this church was finished, pilgrims started visiting the island of Tinos from all of Greece. Numerous reports of miracles have increased the fame of this Church to the point that this is the most venerated icon in all of Greece.

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