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Tinos, one of the Greek Cyclades islands of the Aegean Sea, has a special spirit and scenery. This place has religious importance for the Greeks as the Church of Panagia Evangelistria is among the first valuable architectural monuments of the independent Greek nation and it is considered the protector of the entire country. Tinos has a rich tradition in sculpture and marble-processing. At Pyrgos village is located the Museum of Giannoulis Chalepas (1851-1938), a notable marble sculpture artist known for its remarkable works. There are also marble quarries on the island that produce the Green of Tinos Marble offering an impressive alien landscape. Apart from the main town and the lovely beaches, Tinos has got mountainous villages with picturesque architecture of stone houses, lovely squares and paved streets. Among them is the Monastiria, an abandoned village which reminds the visitor of an outdoor museum and even of a bombing war scenery. An unexpected lunar setting created by giant granite rocks can be found at Volax village. A remarkable geological phenomenon created by enormous round rocks scattered around a vast territory. Myths want the phenomenon to be attributed to meteorites or to the Titan fights. Tinos is famous for its many intricately designed dovecotes. They are fortress-like stone structures with two levels decorated with both geometric patterns including triangles and rhomboids and non-geometric patterns.


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