Greece Will Push Religious Tourism

BIG_religious tourismA new partnership is to change present data in religious tourism, after Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni met with the Chairman of the Holy Synod Pilgrimage Tours Bureau of the Church of Greece and Metropolitan of Dodoni to sign a cooperation protocol over the development of religious tourism.

This protocol aims at developing an effective cooperation between the church and state. “It has been observed, however, that despite tourism reduction as highlighted in last year’s international conference which was held in Andorra, religious tourism seems to grow,” stated the Metropolitan’s office.

The church officials added that they want “support the Government’s effort to increase tourist flow. Given that this will give the solution to some of the many problems we are dealing with at the moment, including the employment of many unemployed workers in the tourism sector.”

Besides its well-known lures of sun and sand and islands and history, Greece has many places of worship, monasteries and churches that stand out for their architecture.  The Metropolitan of  Dodoni said that religious tourism does not only concern the Orthodox faithful but those of other religions as well and to draw people interested in history and religion.


  1. Better to turn on the “Red Lights” all over the country…This will bring more revenue to the country’s coffers…

  2. Thessaloniki and Macedonia in a more general view is the place where
    religious tourism can offer a one life experiance to visitors.

    There are a lot of Christian churches and monuments, most of them built
    in the Byzantine era, like the church of Agia Sofia, the church of Agios
    Dimitrios and many many more.

    Macedonia is also the place where Paul Apostle stepped and preached, and
    also the area where Athos, the Holy Mount of Greece is located. There
    is even a special cruise that takes place around Athos, giving the
    visitor the chance to see from a very close distance its Monasteries and
    natural beauty.

    A nice website for more information can be found on