Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Church of Panagoula, Mpanatou, Zante

The Orthodox Church of Panagoula, in the small village of Mpanatos, is a beautiful church, following the classic architectural and artistic style of Zante. It is a copy of the old church of St Luke, which was located in the island’s capital, but unfortunately destroyed after a number of earthquakes hit the Ionian island. 

The building of the Church began in 1972, whilst it was inaugurated in 1980. Its internal decorations have recently been finalised, showing the true beauty of this Orthodox Church. The Church celebrates during the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (15th of August). 


  1. Do you know anything about the name Panagoula? Most priests in the United States insist that Panagoula is a nickname and want to say Panayiota when I receive sacraments. However, my baptism certificate in Greek and English says Panagoula. Why was the church named Panagoula and not Panayia or Panayiota?

  2. I have no idea to be honest. My best guess would be that it is a local version of the name Panagia...Many local names, especially on the Greek islands, are characteristic of those islands, without many others knowing about them...