The small church of the Seven Martyrs (Epta Martyres) is located in Kastro
, the old capital of Sifnos
island. It is the most emblematic church of the island, as well as one of the most photographed spots of the Cyclades.
The church bears all characteristics of the Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed walls and a blue dome, but what makes it most memorable is the location - a single building perched at the top of a rocky peninsula and exposed to any weather conditions. Visitors are often blown by wind on their way down to the church, accessible via numerous stone steps, and when the Meltemi rages you can also feel tiny drops from the waves splashing below the rock. Photos are always dramatic and no wonder if you stumble upon a wedding photo session during your visit.
The church of the Seven Martyrs is visible from the back side of Kastro
(which faces the sea), before you reach the stone steps. In calm weather you can also see people sunbathing at the flat rocks beneath the church, but the place is not recommendable for swimming because of the strong winds and waves in this part of the island.