Holy Church of Agia Sofia (St. Sofia)

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. After painstaking excavations done by the villagers on site, the remains of St. Sofia and her three daughters were found. The are said to have been brought to the island by a monk from Ioannina named Ioannis Muraios, in an effort to save their remains from the Turks. Karapetis managed to build the church on this site. Later, a portion of the bones were stolen, though the rest of the remains can be found on site.

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