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Offline Maik

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« on: Sunday, 25 December, 2016 @ 12:31:29 »
Countless churches, chapels and shrines built in town squares, on mountain tops, in vast fields, inside caves in the rocks and everywhere one imagines, mark the omnipotent presence of Christian Orthodoxy in Greece.

Official figures provided by the Church of Greece show a total of 9,792 parish and monastery churches, but the number of places of worship is much higher, as the number does not include the literally countless churches, chapels, shrines of worship, funerary temples or privately owned chapels inside farms or estates.

The report also says that there are numerous Christian churches preserved from the Byzantine period (330-1453), many of them built on top of ancient Greek temples and shrines, in order to purify each area from its pagan past.

Then there are numerous chapels in gorges, caves or other inaccessible places, many of which are on the islands.