Metropolis of Paronaxia

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The Metropolis of Paronaxia, also referred to as the Diocese of Paronaxia, is under the jurisdiction of the Church of Greece. This diocese has 37 churches, 251 chapels, 18 cemeteries, 18 monasteries and around 35 clerics.


Historically, the Metropolis of Paronaxia is considered one of the original metropolis not just in Greece but in all of Christianity. According to the holy tradition, St. Polycarp, the disciple of St. John the Theologian, visited Naxos and taught Christianity whilst John was in exile on the island of Patmos. To honour this tradition, the island has many churches and chapels dedicated to his honour, especially at the villages of Aggidia Sagri and Filoti, and there is also a church dedicated to John at Keramoti.

There is also documented evidence that various Bishops from Naxos and from Paros who participated at the various Ecumenical Councils [1]

See also

World famous Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani - a Hundred Doors


The current Metropolitan of Paronaxia is His Emminence Ambriosios II (Stamenas) of Paronaxia, born in 1922 on the island of Paros. He was elected and consecrated as the current metropolitan in 1991, replacing His Emminence Epifanios (Kalafatis).


  1. Metropolitan Region of Paros
  2. Metropolitan Region of Naxos

Local Saints


  1. Example, Varahos, Bishop of Naxos participated at the 4th Ecumenical Council (451)
  2. What we know about St. Theoktisti we owe primarily to St. Symeon Metaphrastes ("the Translator"), renowned primarily for his Lives of the Saints (148 of them).
  3. Theoctiste is from Lesbos, however, due to the archaeological and historical importance of her association with the Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani - Hundred Doors she is also classified as a Parian local saint.

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