Panagia Tourliani - Monastery of Our Lady Tourliani
Ano Mera 846 00, Greece
Getting off the beaten path in MykonosWhen you grow weary of the endless beach parties of Mykonos and begin to crave a quieter existence, head to the village of Ano Mera. It is located in the center of the island about 8km east of Mykonos town.
To escape the intense afternoon sun, i found a peaceful spot of shade. One of the Monks was looking for the same thing and he sat on the bench next to me. We didn't speak each other's language, but it didn't really matter. We just sat there in reflective silence and enjoyed the moment.
A museum operates inside the Monastery, which features religious exhibits like vestments, Byzantine and Renaissance icons, the first bells of the monastery, and other ecclesiastical gems.