Agia Theodora of Vasta

When the area was raided by bandits, Theodora was determined to help defend her village, but as a woman she could not do so.  Theodora then disguised herself as a male soldier in order to fight, however, she did not survive and as she lay dying she spoke the following words:  “Let my body become a church, my hair a forest of trees and my blood a spring to water them.”

This small church supports 17 large trees that grow from the roof and walls.  There is no evidence of tree roots inside the church.  A spring underneath the church waters the trees.


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