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Church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos of Karpathos

The St. John's Cathedral is located in a cave, near the town of Vroukounta (ancient Vrykous) in the northwest of the island. The settlement of ancient Broukounta, known for the graves of the tombs (4th century BC), remained on the edge until the 7th century AD. c. The natural cave of Agios Ioannis was formed as an underground church on the ruins of an ancient sanctuary of Aphrodite or Artemis. The entrance to the sacred cave is made through stone stairs leading to the impressive interior of the temple, where a 3-pint white screen temple is preserved. In the courtyard there is a bell tower with a manual bell. In the cave there have been found two species of isopods, Chaetophiloscia cellaria and Bathytropa granulata, and a species of orthoptera, endemic to Karpathos, Discoptila kinzelbachi. The church celebrates with a great three-day feast (overnight pilgrims in the countryside) on August 29, St. John the Baptist Day, which involves many immigrants from Olympus from Greece and abroad.