Like the Church of the Seven Martyrs
, the Chrisopigi
Monastery is built on a rocky peninsula and it is one of the most recognizable places of Sifnos
. It is located in the south part of the island, between Faros
and Platis Gialos
. The area around the monastery is also known as Chrisopigi.
The rock on which the monastery is built is actually an islet, separated from mainland by a tiny canal and connected with a short bridge. As a result, part of the monastery is on the islet, and the other part is on mainland, but you would not notice this unless you enter it. The monastery dates back to 17 century and hosts the miraculous icon of Panagia Chrisopigi. It is very popular among locals for weddings and christenings, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, so you`d better visit it during week days.
The flat rocks around the monastery are one of the favorite swimming spots for tourists because in contrast to the windy east coast, the sea is very calm here. You can often see people descend on the white steps to reach the water and sunbathe at the rocks. From one side of the monastery is the sandy beach of Apokofto
, with trees and a few tavernas, and from the other side you will find the small and pebbly Saoures