Monastery of Agia Markella
The Monastery of Agia Markella (St. Markella), patron saint of Chios, is located alongside a beautiful sandy-stone beach in the northern region of Chios, approximately 8 kilometres from Volissos anf 45 kilometers from the town of Chios.
The long seaside is opposite Psara and it is known for its cold deep waters. At the far end of the beach there is a path that leads to the saint's site of martyrdom.
The Monastery was built in honour of the saint’s martyrdom in 1500 A.D.
Thousands of visitors flock to the Monastery of Agia Markella in celebration of the Saint on July 22nd, which is a local holiday.
A lot of the pilgrims walk from town to the monastery on the eve of the holiday.
They camp within the courtyard of the Monastery and await patiently to kneel and pray before the Saint’s icon.
The locals would often tell stories of the miracles that have been performed by the Saint.