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Churches are everywhere on Kythnos, the Greek island. The two traditional villages, Hora and Dryopida, host some large churches. By the sea, the Panaghia Kanala is the church of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint and protector of the island. In addition there are several disused monasteries dotted around the island. Small churches abound, built where farmers looked for God's protection near to their place of work. Most churches still hold an annual festival on their saint's day. There is no accurate count of how many churches there are on the island but it must be well over 100.