Close to the small abandoned village of Sífones between Moní and Stavrós Keramotís lies one of the numerous Byzantine churches of Naxos, a double-naved church dedicated to Saint Joannis and Saint George. The simple building dates back to the 10th century AD and is adorned with some very well-preserved murals from the 14th-century: It is one of the many small but remarkable Byzantine churches scattered all over the island to attest to the important role that Naxos played also in the Middle Ages. One aspect that makes all these churches so interesting is the fact that they have barely changed over the course of the centuries that have passed since their construction, and that therefore we see them today still more or less in their original state (except for the generally poor condition of the murals).
view of the abandoned village of Sífones
The church is just below the road; a nice path leads through the fields down into the valley.
view from above over the church and the valley of Sífones
the southern nave, dedicated to St. Georgios
Some of the wall paintings are very well preserved. In many places you can see that an attempt has made for their preservation.
This painting probably represents Saint Georgios.
The pictures of the saints made with great care.