The 9th IC-MSQUARE will be held at the Cultural Foundation of Tinos which is located at the Chora of Tinos island.

The Cultural Foundation of Tinos was established as a private benefit institution in 2002 by the Sacred Foundation of the Church of the Annunciation, and is supported by that institution. Its purpose is to promote research and study and to advance the awareness of the art, history, culture and tradition indigenous to the island of Tinos.

Housed in a beautiful and recently refurbished neo-classic bulding at the water’s edge of the quaint harbor town of Tinos, the Foundation provides an ideal venue for business meetings, cultural and scientific conferences, art exhibitions and a variety of other events. The building was originally constructed in 1925 as a large hotel, and was bought by the Sacred Foundation in 1977. The building’s renovation began in 1994 and was completed in 2001. The large exhibition hall of the Cultural Foundation of Tinos was inaugurated in September of the same year with the very significant art exhibit of the celebrated Tinian artist, Nicholos Gizis, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. This event signaled the beginning of the Foundations’ successful course. As of June 2002, the building’s remaining convention halls, supporting areas and internet room were in use.

Suggested hotels

This is the list of suggested hotels that have a special agreement for the Conference delegates:

Tinion hotel (60m from venue)
A B class aesthetic hotel, only a few meters from the Conference venue. The price is 60 Euro per night (same for single of double room). Breakfast is charged on demand (10 Euro per person).
For booking: Phone: +30 22830 22261
Oceanis hotel (60m from venue)
A very descent 2 star hotel next to the Conference venue. The price is 50 Euro for the single room (including breakfast).
For booking: Phone: +30 22830 22452
Afrodite hotel (100m from venue)
Nice 2 star hotel only a few meters from the Conference venue. The price is 50 Euro for the single room (not including breakfast).
For booking: Phone: +30 6981 440 614
Byzantio hotel
There are 2 hotels, the Byzantio City Hotel (170m from venue) and the Byzantio Beach Hotel (6km from the venue). The city hotel is an historic hotel while the beach hotel is a group of luxury beachfront suites & studios at Agios Sostis (Laouti) beach. The prices are:
  • For the city hotel 50 Euro for single room and 60 Euro for double (breakfast is included).
  • For the beach hotels (apartments) 65 Euro (breakfast included)
For booking: Phone: +30 22830 22421

All the suggested hotels are shown in the following map. Please make your reservations soon because there is a great demand for these hotels.


Route to Venue: There are 4 ways to get to Tinos island:

  • Athens-Rafina-Tinos Suggested: By airplane to Athens. Then take the bus to the Rafina port (about 15 minutes) and from there the ferry to Tinos (2 to 3 hours).
  • Athens-Pireas-Tinos: By airplane to Athens. Then take the bus to Pireas (about 50 minutes) and from there the ferry to Tinos (4 to 5 hours).
  • Mykonos-Tinos Suggested: By airplane to Mykonos island and from there the ferry to Tinos (30 minutes).
  • Syros-Tinos: By airplane to Syros island and from there the ship to Tinos (1 hour).

There are 2 types of ferries connecting the islands with Rafina and Pireas. The fast ones and the normal ones. The difference in price is not significant, so before you book your ticket you can check for the voyage time.

Always check with the Mykonos airport since there are a lot of direct flights which might be cheaper than those in Athens.

Bus from Athens airport to Rafina airport

Departure Point
The bus departs from the bus stop between the Exits 2 and 3 of the arrivals hall (opposite hotel Sofitel).
Ticket price
There are only one-way tickets and cost 4,00 €. Your can buy your tickets from the bus driver when you get in the bus. Children under 6 years can travel free.
The bus is available daily from 06:00 in the morning until 21:45 in the evening. Buses depart approximatelly every one hour.
Departure Times from Athens Airport
04:35, 05:35, 06:10*, 07:05, 08:50, 10:30 12:20, 13:20*, 14:10, 15:20, 16:40, 18:00 19:20, 20:45, 22:20

Bus from Athens airport to Pireas port

General Info
Bus X96 going to Piraeus Port departs from Athens Airport every 30-40 minutes. The travel duration is approximately 60 minutes. Below table shows the bus departure times from Athens Airport and the bus stops along the route to Piraeus Port. The bus stop to Pireas port is KARAISKAKI SQUARE
Ticket price
There are only one-way tickets and cost 6.00 €. Children under 6 years can travel free. Half price tickets at 3,00 € are available for: Students upon showing their Student Card (University ID) plus Passport or ID, people of age 6 to 18 years old and people older than 65 years when showing their ID
Bus departure Location
Athens Airport Arivals Terminal (between Exit 4 and 5).
Departure Times from Athens Airport
00:05*, 00:35*, 01:05*, 01:35*, 02:05*, 02:35* 03:05*, 03:35*, 04:05, 04:35, 05:05, 05:35 06:05, 06:30, 06:55, 07:20, 07:40, 08:00, 08:20, 08:40, 08:55 09:15, 09:30, 09:50, 10:10, 10:25, 10:50, 11:10, 11:30, 11:50 12:10, 12:30, 12:50, 13:10, 13:30, 13:50, 14:10, 14:30, 14:45 15:05, 15:25, 15:45, 16:05, 16:25, 16:45, 17:00, 17:20, 17:40 18:00, 18:15, 18:35, 18:55*, 19:15*, 19:35*, 19:55*, 20:15*, 20:35*, 20:55* 21:20*, 21:45*, 22:10*, 22:35*, 23:05*, 23:35* (*) Final Stop KARAISKAKI SQUARE

Ferries to Tinos

You can check and book your ticket to Tinos from here.. You can select the departure port (Pireas, Rafina, Mikonos or Syros) depending on the arrival airport.

About the Tinos island

In the Cyclades, you’ll find a beautiful island hidden behind its religious fame: the food, surfing and wild beauty of Tinos will enchant you The miracle of Tinos isn’t only the miraculous icon of the Virgin, which gave the island its fame. It’s the wild beauty that excites you; rocks eroded by the wind, beaches with deep blue water, Cycladic villages that climb up the hillsides.

A thousand more miracles are just waiting to be discovered here on this island in the Cyclades: beaches – both secluded and organised – for scuba diving and surfing, local delicacies, lunar landscapes and pilgrims crawling up to Our Lady of Tinos on their knees. Some 750 chapels and churches, Catholic and Orthodox, 600 ornate dovecotes, 34 settlements, and the Temple of Poseidon, where pilgrims are purified before they continue on to the sacred island of Delos. Once you get to know the island, you too will become a believer.

Villages like gems
Pyrgos, Kardiani, Ysternia, Ktikado, Triantaros-Berdemiaros, Falatados, Loutra, Tripotamos. The villages of Tinos are like ornaments decorating the island’s slopes and valleys. Walk among them, one by one: there is marble everywhere, in the squares, the skylights, in the fountains where you’ll cool off with a drink of water. Take a break at a traditional cafe under the shade of the sycamore trees and have a coffee or a bite to eat. There is always Tinian cheese, louza (smoked meat) and sweet raki on offer. Now that’s real hospitality!

Immortal Tinian sculptures
Legend says that Phidias taught the art of sculpture to the Tinians. And who’s going to argue with legend? At the museums of Tinos – The Cultural Centre of Tinos, The Museum of Marble Crafts and Tinian Artists in Pyrgos – you will admire immortal works of Neohellenic sculpture. Giannoulis Halepas, Dimitris Filippis, the Fitali brothers, Lazaros Sochos and Georgios Vitalis have all left their mark here. Learn the secrets of their art by taking classes at the marble sculpture workshops.

The famous dovecotes: every one a masterpiece
Peristeriones are typical to the Tinian landscape, and are some of the most impressive works of art in the Cyclades. There are over 600 dovecotes made of slate, stone and limestone and covered with lithographs. The pigeons and doves swoop around them, but you’ll need a trigger finger on your cameras to catch them in flight!

Volax: a lunar landscape in the Aegean
Surrounding the village of Volax is a surrealistic plateau with huge boulders. Like the abandoned toys of a playful giant. The round boulders of all different sizes are hundreds of years old. They are not meteorites, but down to the geological phenomenon of erosion. Experience the wild beauty of this lunar landscape, crossing the region of Kakovolo, from Falatado to Panagia Kaki Skala.

The peak of Exomvourgo
Some 640m above sea level, the mountain of Exomvourgo stands out among the island’s landmarks. At its base you will find the Catholic monastery Ieras Kardias (Sacred Heart), one of the most impressive attractions on the island. The fortress of Exomvourgo, at the peak, was once the highest in the Aegean, but it was besieged and destroyed by the Turks in 1715. From up high you can see not only Tinos, but also Samos, Ikaria, Naxos and Delos… breathe in the Aegean!

Panagia (Holy Mary) Tinou

The Church of Annunciation (Panagia Evaggelistiria or Megalohari) in Tinos

The Church of Annunciation (Panagia Tinou or Evaggelistiria) is one of the most important religious centers of Orthodoxy worldwide and the most frequent pilgrimage destination within Greece. The island of Tinos is inextricably linked to the Church of Virgin Mary (Panagia). Whoever has the experience of visiting it, can understand how deep is the relationship between Tinians and the church and what’s more, how strongly they believe and how deeply they love Panagia.

In place of the Church of Evangelistrias, there existed a Byzantine church of St. John the Baptist, which, as it was said, was burned in the Saracen pirate raids, while, in antiquity, the ancient temple was dedicated to Dionysus.

Built in its original form within three years (1823-1826), thanks to the voluntary work of Tinians and financial contributions by believers from every corner of Greece, it is the first remarkable architectural monument of the liberated Greek nation.

This triune temple with its vaulted naves and a dome above the altar, was architecturally supervised by Efstratios Kalonaris, from Smyrna. The marbles used (from Panormos and Delos) were carved by artists of Exo Meria, having given their best. The bell tower of 29m, having three floors and resembling to that of Agia Fotini of Smyrna, was restored in 1957 by Ioannis Philipotis. The mosaic outside the church was made of white and black sea pebbles.

Each one of the hundrends of offerings inside the church, hides its own story.

The auxiliary spaces of the building complex of Panagia Tinou
Offices. On the eastern side of the complex, the first floor houses: the office of the Executive Committee Meeting of the Foundation and related information services, handling religious rituals (weddings, baptisms, etc.) as well as donations. Chapel. In the chapel, on the right of the main entrance, pilgrims can light their candle, since, in order to protect the interior of the church and also, facilitate the smooth flow of pilgrims entering the church, lighting candles is not permitted in the nave. Confessionals. In the confessionals on the western side of the complex, the sacrament of confession is celebrated. Hospice. On the east side, the hostels can accommodate the pilgrims up to three days. Available relevant newsletter about their operations. First Aid Station. In the northern part of the complex there is a first aid station. Hall. On the east side, the hall houses the official events of the Foundation.

In the courtyard of the church the following museums – collections can be found:

  • Museum of Icons and Religious Relics
  • Mausoleum of Elli
  • Museum of Antonios Sohos
  • Tinian Artists Museum
  • Gallery
  • Sacristy

Tinos' climate

Tinos experiences a Mediterranean climate and has warm and dry summers and mild and wet winters. In the island you come across the etesians (also known as meltemi winds) the strong, dry north winds of the Aegean Sea, which blow from about mid-May to mid-September. They are at their strongest in the afternoon and often die down at night, but sometimes meltemi winds last for days without a break. Meltemi winds are dangerous to sailors because they come up in clear weather without warning and can blow at 7-8 Beaufort.

Tinos' time zone

2 hour ahead of GMT, the summer time which lasts from March to October is 3 hours ahead of GMT, as in most European countries.

Tinos' telephone code

Direct international telephone calls can be made to many countries around the world. IDD is available. Country code: 30. Outgoing international code: 00+the code of the appropriate state + area code + telephone/fax number.


  • Tinos Police Station 22830 22100
  • Pyrgos Police Station 22830 31371
  • Fire Brigade 22830 23129
  • Coast Guard 22830 22348


  • Tinos Hospital 22833 60000
  • Ysternia Health Center 22830 31206
  • Steni Health Center 22830 41229
  • Komi Health Center 22830 51210

Usefull links

  • Official guide to Tinos here
  • Secrets of Tinos here