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Filerimos - Monastery of Our Lady - Top Travel

Filerimos - Monastery of Our Lady

The Monastery of Our Lady and the remains of the ancient acropolis of Ialysos, one of the three ancient cities of Rodos, are found on the hill of Filerimos.

Visitors can walk along a 'Golgotha', a tree sheltered pathway with a series of shrines with scenes of the Passion. This footway leads to an enormous imposing cross, from the top of which one can cherish the outstanding view of villages and bright green valleys that are generously stretched around.

Monastery of Panagia Skiadeni

It is 5 km away from Messanagros. The hill is called Skiadi ("skiadi" = shady place). The monastery was founded around 1200, but the buildings that exist today date back to the 18th century, except for the chapel in the churchyard, which dates back to 1640. On the walls of the monastery of Panagia Skiadeni ancient marbles are embedded. Archaeologists believe that they come from a temple of Artemis, which pre-existed in that location.

Monastery of Panagia Tsambika

Monastery of Panagia Tsambika The Monastery of Panagia Tsambika is the most well-known monastery throughout the island located on the eastern side, on the road to Lindos. In fact, there are two churches: One is located on the main road, while the old main monastery stands on top of a hill, at approximately 320m in altitude, where the icon of Panagia had been found and it is now kept in the lower monastery.

The name "Tsambika" comes from the Rhodian word "tsamba" which means spark, a name that is extremely common on the island. Panagia Tsambika is considered to be miraculous, especially for women who cannot have children. The monastery celebrates on the 8th of September (The Nativity of the Theotokos).

Thari Monastery

Moni Thari Monastery is located near the village of Laerma. It is reliably covered on in the dense forest and it may not be noticed from the road. This location of the monastery is easy to explain: during its construction was a high threat of piracy so it was hidden this way. Inside the main church of the monastery you can find beautiful frescos since the Middle Ages, that have a great historical value.

There are no tours around the monastery, but some monks are happy to talk about the history of this place. Near the monastery you can find a shop with souvenirs and products made by the monks - wine and mountain.

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