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Tinos

Location

Tinos is situaded in the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Northern Cyclades complex. It is the third biggest island of the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros.

It’s quite close to Athens and very easy to get here. There are many itineraries throughout the day and you can leave either from Piraeus or from Rafina, which is very close to Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport. It takes 2-4 hours from Rafina and 2.5-5 hours from Piraeus, depending on the type of vessel you choose, either a conventional F/B or a high speed vessel.
Tinos is very close to Mykonos, which has an international airport too and is also connected to Syros, Andros, Paros and Naxos.

History

The history of Tinos is rich and dates back to the ancient years. Neptune was worshiped and Aeolos was believed to be living there. It was also a purgatory for those preparing to go to Delphi.

The people were traditionally allies of the Athenians. The fact that the Tinian trireme of Panaetios warned the Athenians for the Battle of Salamis was considered redemptive.

Because of its geopolitical position, the inhabitants have suffered from many conquerors until the Middle Ages. This is the reason why the Venetian conquerors made out of Exombourgo a tower that protected the island until the Ottoman occupation. The architecture of Tinos is highly influenced by the period of Venetian domination.

It is impressive that the island was perhaps the last part of Greek territory conquered by the Turks, after repeated failed attempts. Even then, life conditions had nothing to do with the conditions of subordination in other parts of Greece.

During the liberation war, Tinos contributed significantly to the revolution. More than 12 Tinians were members of the “Friends Society” (“Filiki Eteria”), while the island was a valuable refuge for the persecuted Greeks and refugees.

The discovery of Virgin Mary’s holy icon in 1823 (January 30) was considered a good sign for the right of the revolution and has been a blessing for the island ever since.

The torpedoing of battleship “Elli” outside the port of Tinos on August 15 1940 was a shock and led to the outbreak of the Second World War in Greece.

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