Church/Monastery in Ikaria


The small chapel of St. Sofia is built on a rock north of the village of Monokambi. According to local tradition, Zacharias Karapetis, a native Ikarian who had immigrated to the U.S., had a vision of an icon in the cavity of the rock on which the church is built today.
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This church is the oldest remaining of its kind within the old town of Agios Kyrikos.
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The capital of the island takes its name from this young martyr, who also happens to be Ikaria's patron saint.
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This relatively unknown church near the village of Amamatra, represents one of Ikaria's prized gems. The small, single-spaced church consists of two marble dividers which separate the inner and outer sanctuaries.
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Near the village of Xilosirti, a few kilometres outside of Agios Kyrikos, stands the Holy Monastery of Evangelismos, in the area of Lefkada. It was built in the 18th century by two priests from Agios Oros, who took refuge from pirates on the island, and build this church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
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This church can be found in the western side of the island, a few kilometres south of the village of Nanoura.
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Located between the villages of Oxe and Mavrato, this church represents an important piece of the island's history and culture. Remains of monks' cells, and an icon depicting St. Onoufriou can be seen within the church's interior, while a marble plaque adorns the outer wall of the monastery.
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This monastery otherwise known as “Monastiraki” to locals, is located in the island's capital within the neighborhood of Christo. It was first built in 1890, though it has been abandoned since 1955.
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This monastery is located near the village of Pigi in the northern part of Ikaria, and is dedicated to St. Theoktisti from Lesbos. The date of its foundation remains unknown, though it is sure to have been in operation from at least 1688, when the church's sanctuary was painted, as an original inscription reads on its southern wall.
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This sanctuary features some of the oldest remains of a Christian church on the island. It's located near the village of Miliopo, in the northern part of the island and is known by the locals as the Church of Taxiarches.
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Though small in size, this chapel is a local gem, featuring original Ikarian architecture and dating back to 1806. Today visitors can visit the church which leds between the villages of Christos and Agios Dimitrios within the area of Raches.
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One of the most important Byzantine monuments of Ikaria is the church of St. Irene, which was built on top of an early Christian basilica, parts of which, can still be seen today.
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The church of the Ascension of Jesus can be found in the quaint village of Gialiskari. The spot on which the church is located was formerly an island, where a returning native Ikarian decided to build a church.
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