Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani

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Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani

Perched a couple of miles above the lovely village of Vourliotes, this monastery looks abandoned but it is inhabited by a few monks, who will happily and proudly show you the place. The monastery was first established by a monk named Jacob and his brother Makarios in 1566 on the ruins of an ancient church. It is the oldest monastery of the island and is famous for its superb icons and frescoes and for its marvelous gold inlaid wooden carved iconostasis. The church is a basilica with dome, renovated in 1803 according to an inscription at the entrance. Around the church are the cells where the monks used to live and in the southern part the small chapel of the Transfiguration of the Savior with its wonderful wooden carved icon screen. The little library of the monastery includes books and codecs from 1676 up to day.

It is said the Monastery gets its name because of the strong thunders (vrontes in Greek) that strike during the autumn rains in September. It is also named “Kokkariani” because it is near the village of Kokkari. Unfortunately, the monastery was burned down in 2000 but has now been virtually restored to its original glory and is well worth a visit. The view of the island and the coast of Asia Minor from here is mesmerizing.

The monastery of Panagia Vrontiani is located 450 meters above sea level in an overgrown area, about 20 kilometers south of Vourliotes. It is free to visit, but if you want to make a contribution, pop into the "Exhibition" and buy something from the produce, or a pretty line drawing of the courtyard for a couple of euros. The monastery celebrates its feast on September 8 and at the same day a great feast is held in the village of Vourliotes.