Monasteries

Many significant Monasteries are in North Evia. Presently they are points of interest for many visitors and provide for the ever increasing religious tourism. Most visited is the Holy Temple of St. John the Russian, and hosts visitors from Greece and abroad.

Saint John the Russian

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agios ioannis rossos 01The church of Saint John the Russian can be found at Prokopi and is dedicated to this saint. A vast number of worshipers flock here daily to visit the relic of Saint John the Russian. 

St. John was born in Russia in 1690. When in 1711 war broke out against Turkey, a soldier then, St. John was enslaved and taken back to his hometown of Prokopi in Asia Minor. Eventhough he was tortured constantly in order to change faith, his virtuous nature made his master sympathetic of him and allow him to be free to practice his faith. His tasks include caring for the animals which he did with lots of love. 

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Virgin Mary at Dinious

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panagia dinious 01The chapel of the Virgin Mary at Dinious is a significant monument and there you can see the miraculous religious painting of the Virgin Mary.

The painting, which has the inscription “Holy Lady the merciful”, is believed to have been painted in the “hagiography” style during the 11th century and may have been enriched over its original painting in the 14th or 16th century, the facts are not quite clear.

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Temple of Saint Irene Chrisovalanto (holder of gold)

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moni agias irini1The Monastery of Saint Irene Chrysovalanto is an adjacent monastery to that of Saint George at Ilia Monastery and is situated above the Metropolitan camp between theNorth Evia villages of Rovies and Ilia and overlooks the gulf of Evia and the evergreen forest of Valantio. It’s worth visiting and it attracts tourists from all over Greece as its two inner chapels celebrate on the 6th May (St. Onoufrio) and on the 12th June (St. Job). 

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The Monastery of Saint George

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foto moni agiou georgiou2This Monastery, whose history goes back centuries, is a significant monument in the area of North Evia, but also for the whole of the island of Evia. This monastery was moved to its present position from Aidipsos and is of exquisite natural beauty. It attracts tourists from all over Greece who come during their summer holidays since it was mentioned by visitors of the 19th century who spoke about relics belonging to the Oracle of Apollon who was mentioned by the philosopher and geographer Stravon in 445 BC. The exact date of construction is not known.

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Galataki Monastery

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foto moni galataki1This Monastery, standing on a cliffside 200 meters above the sea, as if to welcome visitors to North Evia and to gaze at neighboring Viotia across the gulf, is a significant monument in the area of North Evia, but also for the whole of the island of Evia and Greece. This monastery is dedicated to Saint Nikolas, protector of the sea and in part to Poseiden, offers exquisite natural beauty and attracts tourists from all over Greece who come during their summer holidays. 

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Saint David Monastery

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foto osiosdavid2This Monastery, standing at the foot of the mountains of “Kavalaris” and “Xiron Oros” and looking out onto the village of Drimona is a significant monument in the area of North Evia, but also for the whole of the island of Evia and Greece. This monastery is dedicated to Saint David and the Metamorphosis of our Saviour.

It is positioned so that it is protected by winds from all directions but not necessarily by the snow in the cold winter months. Nevertheless it attracts visitors and pilgrims from all over Greece and abroad throughout the year and welcomes everyone with a sweet “loukoumi” and a warm cup of mountain tea or Greek coffee.

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