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Cats from Ano Mera {Mykonos}

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If you are wondering what to see on the Greek island of Mykonos, apart from the famous beaches and the old center of Mykonos Town, an inland excursion to Ano Mera has to be on your bucket list.

Located in the heart of the island, Ano Mera is a small town centered around a large square with typical white-washed houses and small cafés. You’ll see plenty of locals having a meal or drink on the outside patios. 

There aren’t as many tourists in Ano Mera as in the rest of Mykonos island, which makes the place quite unique, even though it is the second-largest town of Mykonos.

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Ano Mera's main point of interest is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani.

One of the characteristics of Mykonos is the abundance of churches, chapels, and monasteries that can be found scattered around the island. Some articles say that their number is almost 800. However, the restored Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is the prettiest of all.

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This monastery complex is a place of peace and quiet. Many cloisters are decorated with greenery and flowers. Cats sleep in corners or on the bench, or drink from the beautifully decorated water fountain in the courtyard. Its whitewashed exteriors blend in with the rest of Ano Mera, while its bright red dome sets it apart. Inside the monastery, there is a collection of Byzantine relics and icons of apostles and saints.

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The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani is open daily from 9 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. 

Tours are available, but you can also visit the monastery on your own. 

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Be sure to say "hi" to the cats while in Ano Mera. 😊

Photo #3 by Eric Valette. Other photos by Vanessa Morgan

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  1. Aww what sweet kitties, they can be happy anywhere. They all look healthy!!

  2. I'd love to be there right now and pet the pussy cats, if they allow me to