Living or traveling in Greece, one realizes that it is a great country with a tradition of many centuries, in a place of holiness and spiritual treasures through the many monasteries. The Greek monasteries are inextricably tied to the Greek nature and history. Nestled in crags, cliffs, windswept slopes ir over the sea, but also in green fields and old olive groves, monasteries are witnessing the struggle of man to approach the God, through the silence, the simplicity and harmony.
In Greece there are over 300 monasteries. The island of Skopelos can find numerous churches, chapels and monasteries. There are many theories that explain this large number. One theory says that because of the many sailors of the island, their families built chapels to pray inside while waiting for their safe return. The sailors were often away for several months, or even years. In Skopelos there are the following monasteries that someone can visit.
- Evangelistria Monastery: It is 4 km from the city and it can be reached by someone on foot. Rebuilt in 1712, is a monastery of nuns. Nuns sell handmade items and there is a beautiful view of the town of Skopelos from this monastery (photo 1).
- Ag Barbara: It is 6.5 km from the city, a very beautiful monastery surrounded by a high wall (photo 2).
- Single Precursor: Just after St. Barbara, this monastery has rebuilt the 1121. It also has a monastery of nuns and a small shop (photo 3).
- Monastery of Transfiguration: It is about 5 km from the city and dates from the 10th century. The interior can only be visited between early July and 6th August, when the monks of Mount Athos are coming for the celebration of the Savior Metamofosis (photo 4).
- Diocese: It is about 1 km from the walk and is a few meters straight after the health center. It has very high walls, although this building was never completed. It was intended to be the headquarters for the bishop Skopelos. This monastery was renovated and maintained by individuals, so it is not open to the public.
- The monastery of Panagia Livadiotissa (17th century), 2 km from the city with interesting images hosting.
Grounded in religious beliefs in
miracles, built with love of folk craftsmen, illustrated by the worthy hands
hagiographers, the Greek monasteries played an important role in various
moments of Greek history, protecting and maintaining in several cases the Greek
language, art and tradition of generations of monks. It is worth the visit.