Church/Monastery in Dodecanese


Visit a deserted church that's three or four centuries old lying on a hilltop in an isolated area. Accessed from a dirt road 1.5 km from Diafani towards Olympos. Needs a strong car or a long hike after some point.
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Admire the ancient baptismal font that St. John used to christen the first Patmians. There’s a legend connected to it about a spiritual duel between St. John and a local over the power of each man.
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The cave’s significance in history dates back to 95 AD, when St. John the Theologian fled persecution and sought sanctuary in Patmos. Within this cave St. John received the Book of Revelation and predicted the signs leading to the Apocalypse.
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This world-class and world-famous festival features the best religious choirs and orchestras from Greece and around the world.
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Built in 1780, the monastery was founded by Alexandros Ypsilantis during his exile in Rhodes. He was a Greek prince, ruler of Walachia and Moldavia, engaged in various wars against the Ottomans. His grandson lead the Filiki Eteria that began the Greek Revolution in 1821.
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Discover the largest and oldest monastery on the island, built in 1857. Its cross-shaped architecture is interesting to admire, but so is the gorgeous view to the Mediterranean Sea.
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Hike or mountain bike up to the very top and not only will you be rewarded with stunning views, but an ancient hermitage as well.
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Part of the monastery complex is the church. Its icon to the Blessed Virgin is considered one of Rhodes’ most important; it is miracle working (especially for the ill) and protects the village.
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Just off the main square in Lindos, this cross-shaped 14th century church has an octagonal dome and whitewashed walls. Its dark interior, with a black and white pebbled floor, is decorated with eighteenth-century frescoes of male saints on the right and female on the left.
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This Byzantine church dates from the 11th or 12th century is on the east of Museum Square in Rhodes Old Town. The church is cross-shaped with Gothic features added by the Knights.
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The ruins of this church are in the Old Town near the Grand Masters Palace. It was built during the early 14th century and is dedicated to Saint John, patron of the Order.
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Inside the monastery is the church of the Knights with distinctive round domes. The church was built over the remains of an Early Christian basilica. It has four chapels.
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Built in 1088 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monastery boasts castle-like Byzantine architecture, with a turreted outer wall and stunning courtyard. Once inside visit the beautiful Cathedral.
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The old monastery of Panagia Tsambika, 25km south of Rhodes Town between Kolymbia and Archangelos, is built on top of a hill and offers stunning views of the surrounding area, while the larger newer church is on the main Rhodes-Lindos road, just north of Archangelos.
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This beautiful chapel was built in 1775 and played a key role in hermitages during Patmos’ history. Admire the architecture and artwork inside and then take a walk or hike through the chapel’s stunning natural surroundings.
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Not far from Karpathos' main town, the attractive church of 'Saint Sunday' is perched on a rock that offers spectacular views of the nature all around.
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This church is considered a special one in Karpathos and was built of the ruins of another church dating from the 6th century that was dedicated to Saint Anastasia. Note its unique building style and architecture.
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Built in the 11th century and decorated with impressive frescoes in the 14th century, this historic Byzantine church is one of 14 churches in Karpathos with ancient wall paintings.
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Near the Seven Springs. An archway leads to steps up to the grandiose Byzantine style church shadowed by columnar cypress trees. The separate campanile, with a tiered construction, is borrowed from a later period.
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Located close to Dimilia, this is one of the most striking Byzantine churches in this area is decorated with 15th century frescoes.
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Here's a tiny stone-built church above Olympos built from the stone of another church from the 19th century that visitors to the traditional town like to visit. It affords a breathtaking view of the village from up high.
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This small chapel, inland near the west coast town of Soroni, attracts thousands of locals for its name day celebrations on July 29 and 30. Among its attractions are horse and donkey races!
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This beautiful monastery crowns the top of the island’s mountain range and is made up of a network of churches and chapels. This is where Saint Savvas the younger spent his life.
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Dating from 1060 this church was built in the shape of a cross but extended later to accommodate a larger congregation. There are some noteworthy frescos. Next to the church is a small museum of ancient religious artefacts, bibles and icons and articles of village life.
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This catholic church is in Trianda.
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Catholic Cemetery near the Saturday market venue on the coastal Rhodes – Kalithea road.
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The island of Saria north of Karpathos is uninhabited but is home to a church surrounded by ancient ruins. Archeologists claim that a church from the 5th century AD also existed on this site.
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In a cave near the town of Vroukounta lies a church is built on the remains of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite or Artemis. Ask about the celebration that takes place there at the end of August.
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A very interesting little church lies in the heart of a cave outside Volada. Sadly the church is not in the best of shape, but you can still see some impressive old hagiographies (religious paintings) on the walls.
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A 3-aisled church, whose central aisle ends up in a half -hexagonal apse. Its frescoes are from the 14th and 15th centuries. It was used as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation and it is said that Suleiman the Great prayed there after he conquered the city.
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Also known as San Francisco, this catholic church is close to the walls of the Old Town and the Rhodes University, this church has an impressive bell tower and stark statue of a Franciscan monk.
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Known in Greek as Kimissis tis Theotokou, this is the largest church in Olympos. It is famed for its biblical hagiography and gold-laden elements. An attractive bell towers adds to its charm.
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White and blue characterize this gorgeous church with a majestic bell tower that is almost more Latin than Greek, complete with six bells. You'll find it in the village center standing gloriously.
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This small white stained nunnery was in an ideal setting of olive and pine groves until a forest fire swept through the area in 2009. The monastery was built in the 19th century.
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Built in 1861, this is the island’s largest cathedral. Explore its interior and admire the beautiful marble altar and the stunning icons painted by a famous local artist in the 19thC.
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Near the village of Volada in the center of the island, this monastery boasts two small churches that are architecturally noteworthy. Many events and religious celebrations are held here.
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Visit this famous monastery close to the island’s capital. It stands perched at the top of a hill, its castle-like white-stone walls guarding the locals. Take the time to admire the beautiful murals and icons inside, including the icon of Saint Savva, and then go outside to get one of the best views of the island.
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Combine a visit to this monastery with a tour of the castle ruins which surround it.
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This monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael near the village of Laerma, built around the thirteenth century over much earlier foundations. There are some remarkable frescoes.
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This church was built in the 17th century on the foundations of an older and grander Christian basilica. It is decorated with unique frescoes.
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This church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in Kremasti on the coastal Rhodes-Diagoras airport road, is one of the islands largest. Its 15th August festival day attracts thousands of locals.
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You will find this monastery on a hill top near Soroni on Rhodes’ west coast.
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Located on a hill top near Afandou on the main Rhodes-Lindos national road, this monastery is worth a trip.
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This church is notable because it has frescoes dating from the 15th century.
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This church is a must-see. Built in honor of the island’s patron saint in the 19thC, it houses stunning artwork and icons crafted by local Kalymniote artists between 1800-1900. Architecture buffs will marvel at the church’s stonework walls, while the marble altar and throne inside can’t be missed.
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This beautiful church was built in the early 1900s using the donations of local divers, sailors and ship-owners. Its most stunning feature - the Russianesque silver dome – can be seen from afar.
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This catholic church is centrally located in the new town of Rhodes, near the casino.
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Built in 1079, this beautiful church is a one-of-a-kind chapel you really shouldn’t miss. You’ll also be rewarded with stunning views.
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Within this charming monastery you’ll also find a chapel devoted to the Virgin Mary of Ziniotissa (photo).
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You can swim to this beautiful islet and explore a unique chapel.
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The unique masonry of this church will give architecture buffs much to admire.
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Located in one of the island’s oldest villages, this church boasts a beautiful wood hand-crafted altar. You can combine sight-seeing and a look into Kos’ past with a stroll to this beautiful church.
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This aisle-less church near the namesake city gate dates from the 15th century and was used as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation.
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This is a cross form church with cupola, the northern arm of the cross is shorter and ends up in a adjacent structure with rib vault. Its frescoes are probably of the late 15th and the early 16th century. It was used as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation.
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Within the walls of the Old Town near the main commercial harbour, this late Gothic (14th century) building was badly damaged in World War II bombing. Only the church’s three apses remain standing today.
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This Gothic church stands in the medieval city of Rhodes, at the end of a small street near the house of Prince Djem. With one single aisle, it was built during the Knights rule.
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This Byzantine church is on the street of the same name in Old City of Rhodes. Built during the 13th century, it is in the shape of a cross and decorated with frescoes and icons. Its Good Friday Easter procession is considered one of the town’s best.
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Rhodes cathedral, with impressive architecture and interior frescoes and icons, was built in 1925 by the Italians following the design of the old gothic Church of Saint John (which is located in the Old City of Rhodes) and was also dedicated to the patron of the Order (Saint John).
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