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   Monasteries of Samos

VRONTA MONASTERY
It is located a few kilometers south of the village of Vourliotes in a magnificent woodland and on an altitude of 460 meters, with an extraordinary view to the North and East where you can see the Asia Minor coast. It was founded in 1566 by the monks (and brothers) Jacob and Makarios and it is dedicated to the natal of Virgin Mary. There are many frescoes, a woodcut temple and a lot of holly ware.
MONASTERY OF VIRGIN MARY (Megali Panagia) - Samos Island MONASTERY OF VIRGIN MARY
(Megali Panagia)
It is located two kilometers Southeast of the village of Koumaradei and on the side of the road that leads to Miloi, in a very nice environment with an altitude of 225 meters. It has a lovely view of the plain of Chora, Pythagorio and the Asia Minor coast. It was founded in 1586 the monks (and brothers as well) Neilos and Dionysios and it is dedicated to the Assumption.
It has to show a very nice woodcut temple, some frescoes and a lot of holly ware.
MONASTERY OF HOLLY CROSS
(Timiou Stavrou)
It is located two kilometers Southeast of the village of Mavratzeoi next to the road and on altitude of 200 meters. In 1582, monk Neilos has founded a small church and in 1604 he and his brother Dionysios expanded it. There are frescoes, a magnificent woodcut temple and a lot of holly ware.
MONASTERY OF HOLLY CROSS (Timiou Stavrou) - Samos Island
MONASTERY OF PROPHET ELIAS
It is located three kilometers Southeast of Karlovasi, next to the road that leads to Konteika and on an altitude of 210 meters. There used to be a small church and a few cells that monks Neofilos and Gregorios had built and on 1739 the priest-monk Gregorios built the church that stands also today. There are a lot of holly ware, a few frescoes and a woodcut temple.

MONASTERY OF HOLLY ZONE - (Agia Zoni)
It is located to the East of the town of Samos, within Vlamari Valley and on an altitude of 120 meters. It has been founded by the priest-monk Meletios in 1695. It has frescoes, a woodcut temple and a lot of holly ware.

MONASTERY OF THE LIFE-GIVING FOUNTAIN - (Zoodohou Pigis)
It is located on Rampaidoni mountain to the Northeast of Samos town and on an altitude of 300 meters. From there, there is a fantastic view to the narrows of Mikali and the eye is lost in the depths of Asia Minor. It was founded in 1756 by the priest-monk Dorotheos. It has a lot of holly ware, frescoes and a wonderful woodcut temple.
MONASTERY OF THE LIFE-GIVING FOUNTAIN (Zoodohou Pigis) - Samos Island
MONASTERY OF HOLLY TRINITY (Agia Triada) - Samos Island MONASTERY OF HOLLY TRINITY
(Agia Triada)
It is located North east of Mitilinioi village and on an altitude of 129 meters. It was founded by the priest-monk Neofytos in 1824.
ST. JOHN THE MERCIFUL
It is located on the Northwest part of the island and it's the only one of it's kind to be close to the beach, in a lovely bay, opposite of the islands of Fournoi and the rocky island of Katergo. There are great springs in the area and it is indeed an oasis in the wilderness. It was founded in 1867, it belongs to the Holly Sepulture. In nowadays it has been rented to a civilian. The area used to be a place where pirates couched waiting for the ships that crossed the straits.
SPILIANI
Not far from Pythagorio and to the Northwest, within a large cave lies a small church dedicated to the Entrance to the Temple (Isodia) of Virgin Mary. Here is an old picture of Virgin Mary, whose face cannot be seen anymore and next to the church is "Agiasma", a spring where (as the story says) holy water emerges. Out of the cave is a church dedicated to St. George and a few cells. This "Metohi" belongs to the Monastery of "Hozeviotisa"
SPILIANI - Samos Island
in Amorgos. This church is also known as " Kaliarmenisa" (= kind Armenian woman).

EVANGELISTRIA OF MT KERKIS OR ST. VASILIOS
It is the oldest church standing on Samos since it was built in the 10th century and is on the highest altitude of them all, 700 meters. It is located on the South part of Mt. Kerkis, west of Marathokampos village. A country road leads up till 400 meters and from there you'll have to climb an uphill trail. It offers a magnificent view to the South and from there you can see most of the Dodecanese Islands, Fournoi and the bay of Marathokampos. If one should follow the trail further you can find the chapel of Prophet Elias and a bit more above the summit of Mt Kerkis, Vigla, with an altitude of 1444 meters, the second highest in the Aegean after the summit "Feggari" in Samothraki.

ZOODOHOS PIGI - (Hatzimanoli or Kakoperato)
It is located on Mt. Kerkis, Southeast of Kosmadei village, within the canyon that leads to Great Seitani beach and on an altitude of 660 meters. The surrounding area is wooded, to the west the rocky slopes of Mt. Kerkis are rising and you can see nothing but the surrounding mountains. 500 meters further there is a cave and within it a small church. In order to get there you must follow a very steep and dangerous trail and that's where this "Metohi" took it's name "Kakoperato" (very difficultly accessible). A little to the South is the country church of St. John close to which is the gulch of Panaretos.

PANAGIA I SARANTASKALIOTISA - (Virgin Mary)
It is located on the Southeast side of Mt. Kerkis, in "Kiourka" valley and on an altitude of 320 meters. This country-church is dedicated to Virgin Mary and it is built in a cave. In order to reach the cave one must climb 40 steps carved in the steep rock. That is why it was named "Sarantaskaliotisa" (forty steps). In the bottom of the cave is a gulch and a cistern filled with water. The tale says that in this cave, Pythagoras was hiding when the Samian tyrant Polycrates prosecuted him and this is why it is also known as "Pythagoras cave".

VIRGIN MARY AND HOLLY TRINITY
One is close to the other and they are both located on the Northwest side of Mt. Kerkis on an altitude of 950 meters. Both country-churches are built in caves and have a lot of (unfortunately half-ruined} frescoes. All of the above country-churches that are built on Mt. Kerkis have been built by monks and hermits during the 10th century. There were plenty of them back in those days an especially in the wilderness of Mt. Kerkis.

PANAGIA OF VRONDIANI
It was built in 1566 by the Monks locovos and Makarios and is the oldest of the island. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from the village of Vourliotes. Its celebration takes place on the 8th of September, on the occasion of the birthday of the Madonna and a great festival takes place.

TIMIOS STAVROS
It was built in 1582 by Neilos. Inside a deep cave is located the chapel of the Madonna. Outside the cave there are a few small buildings and a chapel of newer construction.

AGHIA ZONI
It was built in 1695 by the monk Meletios. It is located at Vlamari, just 3 km from the city of Samos. There are beautiful wall paintings and the temple has the shape of a basilica with a dome.

ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN
It was built in 1823 and is located near Karlovassi.

PANAGIA MAKRINI
It is located over Kallithea and was built in the year 800 A.D., to the west of Mount Kerkis, inside a cave whose roof is only 15 m high, by Pavlos Latrinos. It does not have any monks.

PANAGIA POTAMOU
It is located in the area of Potami, at Karlovassi. It was built in the 11th century and celebrates on the 6th August, the holiday of the Transfiguration of Christ. It does not have any monks, neither does it have fortified walls around it.

PANAGIA VANGELISTRA KERKI
It is located over the beach of Votsalakia within the confines of a forest on Mount Kerkis. It is a Convent and follows the Gregorian Calendar.

PANAGIA VANGELISTRA PAGONDA
It is located somewhere between Pagondas and Spatharaioi. It is a monastery for women an follows the Gregorian Calendar.

PANAGIA ZOODOCHOU PIGIS KAKOPERATO KERKI
It is located an hour walking distance from the village of Kosmadioi, or half an hour walking from the rural that goes from Marathokambos towards Mavro Stephani.

AGHIOS IOANNIS THE ALMONER
It is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is below the village of Taliohori in the area Marathokambos, near an enchanting seaside.

PANAGIA SPILIANI - (Virgin Mary of Spiliani 1836 A.C.)
It is located near Pythagorion. The central nave of the church is at the bottom of a large grotto.

CAVES
More than 67 caves big or small have been discovered in Samos. Most of them are situated at the west part on mountain Kerki. The most famous are the cave of Kakoperato near the village kosmadei, the cave of Panagia Makrini, the cave of Aghia Triada on an altitude of 800 m. near the village Kallithea and the cave of Pythagora in which, according to the tradition, Pythagoras found a refure when he was persecuted by Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos.

 

 
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