Monasteries to Explore in Andros, Greece
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Andros, Greece is one of the Cycladic islands that stands out thanks to its greenery, beautiful mountains, beaches, and rural villages. Chora is known for its narrow alleys and breathtaking mansions. Andros Island is rich in history from the archaeological sites, castles, and towers to the mythology and museums. Anyone who loves history will want to visit and explore the monasteries of Andros, Greece.
Monastery of Panagia Panachrandou
The Monastery of Panagia Panachrandou sits on the mountain slopes of Gerakones. The monastery was built in 963 by Emporer Nikiforos Fokas. The Monastery of Panagia Panachrandou is a fortified Byzantine monastery that is considered one of the finest in Andros. Inside the monastery you will see the beautiful chapel that is of Byzantine design including a dome and a library. The location of the monastery offers amazing panoramic views of the surrounding area. The area is also the perfect place to hike.
Monastery of Agia Irini
The Monastery of Agia Irini is a Byzantine women’s monastery that is located a short distance from the village of Apikia. The monastery was built by two monks beginning in 1780. The monastery was abandoned in 1843. In 2006, Eleftherios Polemis purchased the 13-acre estate, which included the ruined monastery.
For ten years, Polemis and his family restored the buildings of the monastery with care and respect to the original structure. They managed to preserve the temple in the process. During a visit to the Monastery of Agia Irini you can view the temple that is made of slate that has crosses and arches and crosses inside. The floor of the monastery features a bicepalous eagle. There is also a marble icon that dates to 1806. The monastery also has a museum that is worth a visit.
Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi
The Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi is also known as the Monastery of Agia. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the Cyclades, though the exact date of its construction is unknown. It is believed to have been built by order of Empress Theodora in 842.
This monastery is located near the harbor of Batsi. In 1928, the monastery was turned into a convent. The Byzantine-style monastery features gorgeous carved icons and wall paintings from Byzantine times. There is a collection of prehistoric tools displayed at the Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi as well as utensils and vestments.
Church of Panagia Theoskepasti
The Church of Panagia Theoskepasti was built on top of a cave in the quarter of Paraporti in Chora, just a few meters from Kairi Square. According to legend, one dark night the locals saw a light moving toward the coast from the sea. The light was said to be the icon of Virgin Mary that went to the cave on its own.
The locals moved the icon to the Church of Agios Athanasios, but the next morning the icon was mysteriously back in the cave. This is why the site above the cave was chosen for the Church of Panagia Theoskepasti.
The monasteries and churches of Andros, Greece are worth a visit.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com