Christian Basilica of Halinados

Christian Basilica of HalinadosThe early Christian Basilica of Halinados is only 4.5 km from Agia Paraskevi and is one of a number of ancient sites in the area. Like so many of the ancient sites on Lesvos, it is to be found along a dirt road and has almost no signs to get you there. Our map at the bottom of the page should give you a little help finding it.

The site is completely undeveloped, so you will not find a visitor centre or a car park or a snack bar. What you will find are the remains of a very early Christian Basilica set in an ocean of tranquillity. When we visited, we were alone except for the singing birds and the buzz of insects. At its grandest, archaeologists believe that the Basilica of St. George had three aisles and an elaborate wooden roof. Today you can clearly see the lay out of the three isles but I’m afraid only your imagination can provide the Christian Basilica of Halinados with a roof.

Don’t be put off by the prospect of the dirt road, it is a pretty good track that is very easy to navigate (always with a little care) and is best approached from the Agia Paraskevi end. The nearby Museum of Olive Oil Production  makes it easy to schedule the Christian Basilica of Halinados as part of an “Agia Pareskevi day out”.




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About Robin

We started visiting Lesvos such a long time ago we can't remember when. We simply fell in love with the island in general and Molyvos in particular. In 2005 we bought some land and tried to manage the building of our house from the UK. Holidays became site visits and our house was [mostly] completed in 2007. In 2009 we sold up in the UK and moved to Molyvos. This is now our home and we count ourselves amongst the luckiest of the lucky. I am a member of the Molyvos Tourist Association, providing photographs for their brochures and general publicity. Most of my time is spent on activities to encourage tourism or taking photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also produce calendars and sell them on-line through Lesvos Calendars. Please visit and have a look. You can also see more of my photographs on my  Robin Sanders Photography website.

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