Apart from the few post-Byzantine churches of Chora (17th and 18th centuries), on the island there are many chapels, old and new, which declare the faith of the inhabitants and their commitment to tradition.
The uphill winding path that starts from Pounta square, leads to the church of Panagia, where the icon that is the emblem of the island is located and the locals consider it a miracle worker. The present church is from the beginning of the 19th century, but there was an older one in the same place, as stated by an inscription to the right of the entrance.
Probably there was an ancient temple of Apollo and Artemis here. In the courtyard there is a base of a Roman statue and in the bell tower a marble statue also of Roman times. The Holy Altar in the sanctuary is also based on a statue.
The silver-plated image of the Virgin Mary (Hodegetria), on the iconostasis, which according to tradition is miraculous, has been associated with many stories of pirate raids. The custom of carrying the image from house to house throughout the island (during the days of Easter) is associated with the saving intervention of the Virgin Mary from the raids.
One of the legends states that on May Day, 1790, 18 bubbles (pirate ships) with Algerian pirates appeared under the Punta. The inhabitants ran high to the church of Panagia to protect them. After praying, they took the image of the Virgin Mary and carried her to the edge of the cliff, asking him to save them. Then suddenly a strong north wind rose, which swept away the pirate ships and destroyed them, causing the drowning of all but one Christian prisoner that the pirates had with them. He managed to swim to land. When he went out he told the inhabitants that just before the boats sank he saw a great lightning coming down from the rock and hitting the ships. The event was considered a miracle by the Virgin Mary and that is why May Day is a great celebration for Folegandros.
After the square of Pounta and descending to the center of Chora, you meet the church of Stavros, an arched roof with a dome.
Theoskepasti & Agia Aikaterini-Agios Fanourios
These are the two churches that you will see in Piatsa square where the two restaurants "Kritikos" and "Sik" are located.
It is the parish church of Chora and is open every Sunday. On the day of her feast (6/12) there is a big celebration with a procession of the image of the saint in the village and many treats.
It is next to Agia Aikaterini with its view to the next square, that of the restaurants "Melissa" and "Piatsa".
It is located on the western edge of the Castle. It has a remarkable wood-carved iconostasis and icons of the 18th century.
Zoodochos Pigi (Chrysopigi)
It is located much further away from the end of Ano Meria, where the car reaches. Shortly after the turn for the road that leads to the beach of Agios Georgios, on the right is the church, almost opposite the old observatory (built by the Italians in World War II). The place offers a unique view especially at sunset!
It is the parish church of Ano Meria, open every Sunday and is a building of the early 20th century.
Μετά το τέρμα του λεωφορείου στην Άνω Μεριά και ακολουθώντας το μονοπάτι για το Αμπέλι βρίσκεται η εκκλησία του Αγίου Παντελεήμονα. Το σημείο προσφέρει μοναδική θέα κυρίως την ώρα του ηλιοβασιλέματος!
It is located next to the restaurant "The Meeting" and from the point where the path to the beach of Agios Georgios begins.
It is the only church in the port and is located just a few meters before the pier. Every year on the eve of her feast (19/10) she comes to life from the festival that takes place there.