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Tinos (Greek name: Τηνος), also known as Tynos (Italian: Tine) is part of the Cyclades complex. In antiquity, Tinos was also famous as Ophiussa and Hydroessa. The closest islands are Andros and Mykonos. The area of the island is 194 sq. km and the population - about 8,000 people. Between 1207 and 1715, Tinos was a Venetian island. From 1715 to 1821, Tinos was ruled by the Ottoman Empire before joining Greece during the War of Independence. Some of the things Tinos is famous for are: the 20 windmills, the monastery of Panagia Evangelistria, the 1000 traditional pigeon-houses, the peaceful co-existence of Greek-Orthodox and Catholics, the Venetian fortifications, and for its renowned sculptors and painters like Gyzis, Chalepas and Tsokles.

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Tinos island also hosts an yearly pilgrimage on the 15th of August, as the Panagia Evangelistria Monastery shelters one reportedly miraculous iron of Virgin Mary. There is a legend that one of the nuns in the monastery (in the beginning of 19th century) had a series of visions, then the icon was accidentally discovered at a site of ancient Byzantine church, which was long before also a Dionysus temple. The icon, called Panagia Evangelistria, meaning Our Lady of Good Tidings, is a wonderful portrayal of Mary kneeling with her head bent in prayer. After its discovery, a new church adjacent to the monastery was built. The mining on Tinos island includes marbles, Verde antico, asbestos and granite mine near Volakas.
Other interesting places to visit on Tinos are: the numerous small villages, which wait to be explored with their preserved tranquility and traditions - the typical Cycladic architecture of whitewashed houses, colourful window, blooming yards, fountains, lovely arches. The so-called pigeon-houses ("peristerones") are masterpieces of the two-storey architecture. There are over 1000 of them on Tinos. Only two of the picturesque windmills are still working: Varvanis Windmill and Kosmas Windmill
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In the main town, probably the most interesting thing to visit is the cathedral with a marble bell tower, which has a wooden-carved iconostasis brought from Constantinople in 17th century. Remarkable is also the picturesque palada (hill) with the Catholic Monastery of San Antonio, built in 1743. There are two educational institutions that are worth visiting as well - the ecclesiastical school and the traditional school of weaving (where you can see traditional Greek carpets, gloves, other hand-made products, and you can buy some if you are a fan). The most famous place for meetings and dates is the ancient four-sided sculptured fountain Kate Vrisi (from 1798). You should not miss the fabulous beaches outside the city. Far from the madding crowd, there you can find relaxation and you can relish the wonderful sea. Stavros, one of those beaches, ends with the ancient harbour; at Kionia, another beach, you can visit the wonderful old Temple of Neptune and Amfitriti. A little further from Kionia, within a walking distance you can enter the Cave of Gastria, which contains carvings dating as far back as 7th century.
There is a landmark on the island, which you can't miss and this is the 640-m high figure of Xombourgo - it shows the location where the Medieval capital was. Near it, you can see the remnants an ancient temple of the goddess Demetra. The village of Volax, which looks almost unreal surrounded by enormous smooth granite boulders, is home to many basket-weavers - you can visit their workshops and enjoy this traditional occupation. At the elevation of Mesi there is a small but very picturesque Franciscan's Monastery with an impressive coat of arms. There are two other Catholic monasteries

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