Sifnos Churches & Monasteries - The most popular monastery and patron saint of the island of Sifnos is Chrissopigi. The monastery was believed to have been built in the 16th century on top of an older church. According to tradition, nuns used to live in this monastery during mediaeval times. When pirates tried to invade, the nuns ran to hide, but one was not able to be saved. She prayed to the Virgin Mary to save her, and this was the time when the rock split into two parts and the pirates fell into the sea. The name Chrissopigi was given by a Cretan monk who named it after the monastery of Chrissopigi in Chania, Crete. ►View all Sifnos sightseeing

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