Church/ Monastery in Kalymnos

Take some time out from sports and sun-filled days to step into one of the many stunning churches and monasteries in Kalymnos. Admire the works of art you’ll find inside, from beautiful hand-crafted wood altars to masterfully painted icons and murals. Spirituality is a large part of everyday life in Kalymnos, and the locals celebrate by organizing religious festivals on the days of their patron saints.

 


This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint.
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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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Two local Kalymniotes found a cross in the cave and turned the cave into a place of worship. Their remains are kept there.
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A local shepherd found an icon of the Virgin Mary here, and turned the cave into a church. There’s a festival celebrating the Virgin of Galatiani once a year.
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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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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 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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