If you are interested in getting to know a different aspect of Mykonos, it is really worth your while to visit the Panagia Tourliani Monastery located in the square of Ano Mera.
It was established in 1542 in the place where an old church used to be by monks that came from the Ekatontapiliani of Paros requesting asylum in Mykonos. The monastery was dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary and was reconstructed by the monk Ignatios Basoulas between 1757 and 1767, acquiring its present form.
The monastic complex architecture, as well as the luscious relief of the marble bell tower and the water fountain will surely impress you.
The admirable wood carved baroque altarpiece is said to be constructed in Florence, along with the bishop’s throne and the pulpit. The icons of the altarpiece were made by the religious painter Ioannis “from Corfu”.
The monastery took its name from the invaluable icon which was found floating in the sea outside Tourlos, in the western side of the island. According to tradition the icon was painted by the Evangelist Luke not on wood but on a plate made from a mix of wax and chewed mastic from Chios.