Folegrandos is a small Greek island in the southern Cyclades. It has a population of just 650 yet is has scores of churches and shrines. The most prominent church of Panagia sits on the cliff above the Chora. The tiniest is a simple roadside shrine. Many are remote, reached by walking tracks or by boat. The Greek orthodox Church is an important influence which has helped preserve the Greek way of life. The churches were built to ask God for protection, particularly from the sea. They provide places for people to meet as a community and for refuge when required as homes are generally very small.