Church/Monastery in North Aegean


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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Once an important center for liturgical life and the study of religious chanting, the monastery was founded in 1586 by the monks Dionysios and Neilos, on the south side of Samos, and was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
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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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One of the island’s most picturesque and scenic monasteries, with several lovely frescoes, was the first monastery to be founded, in 1566, by the two monks Iakovos and Makarios.
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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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On the road leading to the waterfalls at the Karlovasi River, you’ll come across the pre-Christian era church known as Panayia Potamou (the Virgin of the River), which was built over an older church in the 13th Century BC.
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Built around 1833 on Kastro hill, west of Pythagorio town, the church was an initiative of one of the island’s leading figures in the Greek Revolution, Lykourgos Logothetis, in memory of the saviour of Samos against the Turkish fleet in the Battle of Mikali in August 1824.
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A small but well kept church founded in 1823. In its temple there is a depiction of the mournering Virgin Mary embracing the crucified Lord, instead of the infant Jesus Christ, as is customarily depicted in Greek churches.
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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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At an altitude of 210 meters, 3km to the southeast of Karlovasi, hikers can follow a mild path to reach the monastery. The church of the monastery, built in 1739 by the monks Grigorios and Theofilos, replaced what was earlier a small chapel and few chambers.
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Originally built in 1582 by the monks Neilos and Dyionisios, the main part of the church is a large, three-aisled basilica with a round dome: its north aisle is dedicated to the Well of Life, the middle aisle to the Holy Cross and the south aisle to Saint John the Baptist.
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The convent is located in Rampaidoni mountain to the Northeast of Samos town, at an altitude of 300m, offers striking views across to Asia Minor and down to Mourtia beach.
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Within a cave on an isolated ravine bursting with greenery (plane and pine trees, bushes and other plants) stands the small church. Surrounded by mountains and 500m high, reaching this monastery can be risky, which explains its name, ‘kakoparatou’ meaning very difficult to reach.
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A unique, tiny chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built inside a large cave northwest of Pythagoreio. In the church there is a marble icon of the Virgin, whose appearance on it is unclear.
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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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One of the most important on the island. You’ll love the monastery’s one-of-a-kind two-story church with its Byzantine icons and elaborate altar.
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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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This majestic cathedral was built in the 16thC and hides a number of gems for you to admire. The underground tomb is a must-see as are the relics that belong to St. Theodorou of Byzantiou. Killed by the Ottoman soldiers, he’s the patron saint of Lesvos. Admire the many icons that date to the Byzantium.
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If you love religious archaeology, this is the perfect site for you. Built in the 5thC, the remains of this ancient church will take you back in time. Admire the ancient masonry and notice the floor plan of the church.
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This stunning church is one of the most popular on the island. To get there, you’ll need to climb stone-carved steps to reach the church which was built on a very high rock. Admire the views and the beautiful icons and wood carvings in the interior of the church.
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This stunning church was designed by a famous architect and was built on the site of the Ancient Asklypeion. It’s one of the grandest and most popular churches on the island, so admire the icons and intricate woodcarvings on the altar.
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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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This beautiful monastery is one of the most important sites on this island known for its vibrant religious culture. Taxiarhes is the area’s patron saint, and the monastery houses a unique sculpture of St. Michael which is known for its miracles.
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This one-of-a-kind monastery is one of the most famous. Founded in 1523, it’s a miniature replica of the monastery of Agion Oros in Mount Athos. Explore the museum within the monastery, admire rare manuscripts, many stunning icons that date back to the Byzantium, embroidered fabrics and other religious items.
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Erected in 1695 by the monk Meletios, with the assistance of locals, in the lush valley of Vlamari. In the cathedral there are some well preserved 17th century frescoes.
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Near Mytilinous at the Katrafili position, the monastery was founded in 1824 where the old Holy Trinity church was by the monk Neofytos. It is Samos’ most modern monastery and has a prized library.
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