Attractions to Explore in Kalymnos, Greece
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Kalymnos, Greece is a beautiful island that is located close to the Turkish coast and not far from Athens. The island of Kalymnos is known for many things including its rocky landscape that attracts rock-climbers from all over, the long tradition of sponge harvesting, castles, and caves. Visiting Kalymnos won’t disappoint. Here are just a few of the attractions you can see when on Kalymnos Island.
Castle of Chrisoheria
The Castle of Chrisoheria is located at the northwest side of Pothia, the capital of the island. The castle was constructed on a hill by the Knights of Saint John who ruled the island of Kalymnos from the 14th – 16th centuries. The location of the castle was chosen in order to be able to protect Kalymnos from pirate invasions. At the site of the Castle of Chrisoheria you can admire traces of the stone buildings and two well-preserved churches.
The Church of Panagia Chrisoheria was named for the holy icon that depicts Virgin Mary covered with a gold leaf. At the bottom of the hill where the castle is located there are three stone windmills that are the trademark of the island of Kalymnos. The windmills were operated in the old days by the wind, but are no longer working today.
The Sponge Factory is the only one on the island of Kalymnos. It is located in the capital of Pothia. The island is known for its history of harvesting sponges from the sea, so this is a must-see when you’re visiting Kalymnos. The museum showcases the history of sponge diving, the methods used for diving, and the process of elaborating sponges. Visiting the Sponge Factory will give you a new appreciation for what has to be done to get sponges from sea to market.
Cave of the Nymphs
The Cave of the Nymphs, also known as the Sanctuary of the Nymphs or the Cave of the Seven Virgins, is at the northeast area of Kalymnos Island. According to tradition, the cave got its name from seven maidens who protected themselves inside the cave from a pirate invasion.
Sadly, the seven got lost and wouldn’t be seen again. The Cave of Nymphs is 12 meters high and 60 meters long. To the left of the entrance is where worshipping would take place. Archaeological findings have included Neolithic tools. Findings are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos.
Monastery of Panagia Kyra Psili
Located at the northern side of Vathy, the Monastery of Panagia Kyra Psili sits deserted today. The old monastery is a fortified architectural style. According to legend, the Monastery of Panagia Kyra Psili was built by a local man who had decided to change his faith, but when he returned to his hometown, he got back in touch with his roots and with God. The monastery is built in a cave on a mountain. The site is amazing when seen from below.
Visit the attractions of Kalymnos to experience what the island has to offer.
This post was written by Greek Boston