SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
SAINT FOTINI BASILICA (KARPATHOS)
The early Christian basilica of Saint Fotini from the 5th or 6th century AD is one of the most interesting and best preserved cultural monuments of Karpathos. You can easily combine your visit with a swim at the nearby Afoti Beach.
The early Christian basilica of Saint Fotini is one of the most interesting cultural monuments of Karpathos. Found by archaeologists in 1972, scientists suspect that the church is more than 1,500 years old. Thanks to the efforts of modern architects, the beautiful basilica was restored and can be admired by visitors in the area of Afoti, on the northern beach of Pigadia between the road to Aperi and the beach.
The ruins of the early Christian basilica from the 5th or 6th century are among the best preserved of the island. The basilica, built on the remains of a former ancient temple, is dedicated to the martyr Agia Fotini. Some marble columns with Christian symbols can still be admired.
According to Greek tradition, Fotini (gr. Φωτεινή "the enlightened one") is the Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at Jacob's Well. She is worshiped as a saint and counted among the great martyrs and apostles. The encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman is described in the Gospel of John (chapter 4). Agia Fotini (The Holy Fotini) is also called Afotis in the local tradition of Karpathos.