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Churches – Chapels

Byzantine religious tradition has been present since the 13th century around Anogeia. The mountain is dotted with modest chapels, the most important of which are Agia Marina at Zominthos,
Agios Fanourios in Petradolakia, Agios Mamas in Mythia, the Chapel of the Ascension of Christ at Nida, Agios Georgios the “Volunteer” at Xerolimni, Prophet Elias at Koritsi, Agios Aristides at Koritsi, Panagia Roussalimni at Roussalimni, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross at the top of Mt. Psiloritis (2,456m). Most of these are “family chapels” belonging to Anogeian families, dedicated to the family patron saint. The patron of the Xylouris’ family is Saint Fanourios, of the Skoulas family Saint Mamas, of the Stavrakakis family Christ-at-Nida, of the Fasoulas family Saint Marina-at- Zominthos, etc

 

Agios Ioannis

The church of Agios Ioannis at Armi is the oldest one in Anogeia. It is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and dates to the first half of the 14th century. Later, in the 17th century, a second nave was added, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. In the old part of the church there are frescoes from the early 14th century, while the newer nave is not frescoed. Unfortunately, the frescoes have not been preserved very well, but Panagia Glykofilousa, also known as “Paramythia” [Solace] fresco, is particularly impressive and rare. Equally special is the old iconostasis.

 

Agios Yakinthos

The chapel of Saint Hyacinth (Agios Yakinthos) is constructed in the form of a local mitato. It is a simple dry-stone construction housing a full-body icon of Saint Yakinthos. The land around the chapel is where the annual three-day Yakinthia, a festival with music and other events, is held.

 

Timios Stavros Peak of Mt. Psiloritis

The chapel of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) stands on the highest peak of Mt. Psiloritis at an altitude of 2,456m. It is a dry-stone building imitating the shape of shepherds’ mitata scattered on the mountain. It consists of two circular rooms to accommodate pilgrims and the main hall of worship. It is a dependency of the Monastery of Diskourio, located at the foothills of the northern slope of Mt. Psiloritis. The chapel is snow-covered in winter and used as a temporary shelter for overnight stays in summertime. On the plateau around the chapel, especially on the wind-sheltered south side, it is possible to spend the night outdoors, but if one has the courage to do so, suitable equipment is definitely necessary to protect oneself during the low temperatures overnight.

 

 

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