lies very close to the southern tip of Andros.
This is the holy island of our lady, which in
August is swamped by pilgrims who have come to
pray in Her church or in fulfilment of a vow.
As Our Lady's feast day on 15 August approaches,
the church and the town of Tinos become crammed
with people, and religious services take place
next to the commercial fair being held in the
surrounding streets. A line of mountains, whose
highest peak is Mt Tsiknias (in the myths, the
home of the wind-god Aeolus), runs the lenght
of the island. On its lower slopes, walls like
the fortifacations of old castles divede the teraced
fields. The coast of the island is mostly steep,
but there are also numerous coves with sandy or
pebbly beaches. Among the special characteristics
of Tinos are its dove-cotes. These structures
developed from simple roosts for pigeons into
works of art - and the stone-built fountains to
be seen in the villages evolved in a similar manner.
Tinos, capital of
the island and its port, is where most of the
population lives. A broad paved street leads from
the harbour to the low hill on which stands the
magnificent church of Our Lady. Built in marble
from Poros and Tinos itself, the church stands
overlooking the town on the site where a miraclulous
icon of Our Lady was discovered.
Next to the church
is the Gallery of Tiniot Artists and Modern Greek
Painters, which has a very interesting collection.
Clos by is the Archaeological museum of Tinos.
It houses finds from the temple of Poseidon and
Amphitrite (at Kionia beach) and from the Geometric
burials of Exo Meria.
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