Sithonia with its magnificent lush landscapes, picturesque harbors, small bays and golden sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters is one of Halkidiki's most popular destinations. In Sithonia there is Nikiti, a picturesque seaside village with scattered monuments, traces of prehistoric settlements and early Christian temples.In Nikiti, it's worth visiting the old village, the church of Agios Nikitas, the Nikiti Historical and Folklore Museum housed in the old stone school, the technohoros Warehouse, an old warehouse transformed into a place of culture, the Old Windmills of Nikiti, Basilica of Saint George, the ruins of the Basilica of Sofronion, the church of the Assumption in the old village (17th century AD) with its magnificent frescoes, the church of Agioi Theodoroi on the beach of Nikiti, the new church of the Assumption built in 2001 in the village center, and chapels of Prophet Elias, St. Paul, Agios Panteleimonas and Agios Athanasios.The chapel of St. Paul was built on a site previously occupied by a monumental fountain in 1713. It is said that Apostle Paul, when found here, thirsted, struck the rock and water poured out, which has been running continuously ever since. Also in Nikiti besides olive oil, one of the top Local products worth a try is honey which is famous for its wonderful taste.
Some of Nikiti's sights
The old village of Nikiti, founded during the 14th century, is a hidden jewel in a ravine on the hills above the modern village.Enjoy the beautiful quiet alleys and houses with flowered courtyards as you descend the small square with the plane tree, located at the entrance of the village, where you can enjoy your meal, coffee or cocktail in the beatifull square.
The church of Agios Nikitas
Climbing the old picturesque square and walking through the narrow cobblestone streets and courtyards of the old village, while magical pictures alternate in your eyes, in the most panoramic location of the old traditional village, you will find the church of Agios Nikitas founded in 1867 as mentioned.The church is built in a basilica style, decorated with pictures of great historical value and is the historical landmark for the inhabitants of the village. It is celebrated every year on September 15th.
Nikiti Historical and Folklore Museum
Just below the church of Ag. Nikita there is the Historical and Folklore Museum and from the courtyard we can admire the view of the village and the Toroneos gulf.The Nikiti Historical and Folklore Museum presents all the history and culture of Nikiti in the 19th and 20th centuries and is housed in the stone school of the old village, which was built in 1870 and is a historical preserved monument.His folklore collection is rich and highlights the history and life of the people of Nikiti.
In the summer of 2016 an old warehouse on the beach of Nikiti was transformed into a modern exhibition space.Industrial notes, a fragrance of avant-garde and centuries-old olive trees in the courtyard to lubricate the memory of an old grain storehouse transformed into a cultural space. t is an unprecedented collective effort of associations, volunteers, museums, universities, businessmen and renowned artists under the auspices of the Municipality of Sithonia, with the aim of creating an art space of domestic and international scope.
Two windmills in Nikiti Halkidiki are viewed as historically preserved monuments and a protection zone with a radius of 50 meters around them, because they are buildings of the 19th century and are interesting in terms of building,morphology and are an integral part to the area.
Early Christian Basilica of Saint George
The Early Christian Basilica on which the chapel of St. George is built today was a beautiful church of the 5th century AD, measuring 14 x12.5 meters, which must have been destroyed in the 6th century AD. It was divided into three aisles, with three pairs of marble columns and had a marble slab screen.To the southeast of the church was the cemetery of the then settlement, from which two large, built, domed tombs were found. The 1979 excavations also revealed a Roman bath, which may have been used as a baptistery.
Basilica of Sofronion
The temple came to light after excavations that began in 1981 a few meters west of the current chapel of St. George near the beach of Nikiti. The church dates from the first half of the 5th century AD and is one of the oldest Early Christian temples found in the area of Macedonia. It is a three-aisled basilica with a wooden roof with a total length of 48m. An inscription found during the excavation mentions the name "Sofronios" as bishop of the time. Thus the temple was named "Basilica of Sofronion".The exquisite style of decoration of the temple, the mosaics of the floor, as well as the findings in the adjoining cemetery, where two vaulted tombs were found, reinforce the belief that there were important people in the area who could make money for the construction of the temple.The evidence available indicates that the temple was destroyed by fire in the 6th century AD.
The church of the Assumption
The church of the Assumption (17th century AD) was also the parish church of the village, until 1867, when the church of Agios Nikitas was built. It was burned during the revolutionary repression phase in June 1821, repaired in the 1830s, again destroyed by fire (probably during the Revolution of 1854) and repaired in 1920. In its original masonry a few frescoes of the second half of the 16th century have survived. In the 1930s the existing temple, a carpenter's work, had to be built. The icons on the screen are excellent works of Mount Athos. It should be noted that the icons were commissioned by Nikiti women whose husbands fought in Northern Epirus in 1941.