Church/Monastery in Samos

Samos’ monasteries and Byzantine monuments are of great historical significance. The island’s first monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Vronta, was built in 1566, exactly four years after the island became inhabited. The island’s natural splendor, with its pine-covered plains and lush mountain slopes, abundant springs, stunning sea views and verdant mountains, offered idyllic circumstances for monastic life. On the island there once were centers for liturgical practices and for instruction in the art of religious chanting, as well as several refuges for persecuted fighters during the periods of Samos’ occupation by the Ottomans.


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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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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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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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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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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