Evangelistrias Church

  • In place of the Church of Evangelistrias, there existed a Byzantine church of St. John the Baptist, which, as it was said, was burned in the Saracen pirate raids, while, in antiquity, the ancient temple was dedicated to Dionysus.
  • Built in its original form within three years (1823-1826), thanks to the voluntary work of Tinians and financial contributions by believers from every corner of Greece, it is the first remarkable architectural monument of the liberated Greek nation.
  • This triune temple with its vaulted naves and a dome above the altar, was architecturally supervised by Efstratios Kalonaris, from Smyrna.
  • The marbles used (from Panormos and Delos) were carved by artists of Exo Meria, having given their best.
  • The bell tower of 29m, having three floors and resembling to that of Agia Fotini of Smyrna, was restored in 1957 by Ioannis Philipotis.
  • The mosaic outside the church was made of white and black sea pebbles.
  • Each one of the hundrends of offerings inside the church, hides its own story.