In the south-eastern part of the island between Faros and Platis Gialos, the monastery of Panagia Chrissopigi seems to be emerging from the waters of the Aegean Sea to offer stunning images to its guests. A reference point, it has been both the patron and protector of the island since 1964.
It was built in 1615 to house the miraculous icon of Zoodochos Pigi that was saved by fishermen of the island from the sea. Since 1760 it has been the dependency of the monastery of Vryssiani, and owes its name to the monk Parthenos Cheretis, who named it in commemoration of the monastery where he lived as a hermit before coming to Sifnos, Chryssopigi in Chania.
If you observe closely, you will see that the rock where the monastery is built is connected with the rest of the island by a bridge. According to tradition, Virgin Mary cut the rock into two after the calling of a nun to be saved by a pirate raid. A second version claims that when the nuns of the monastery went to light the candles, they found the pirates sleeping in the church. A pirate woke up from the scent of frankincense, woke up the others and they began to chase the nuns. Then Virgin Mary, in order to save them from the pirates, cut the rock into two.
All-white and with the sunlight adding more brightness, it contrasts with the wild beauty of the rocky landscape around it, giving those who visit it the opportunity for countless photographs.