Panagia Tsambika Monastery

Archangelos, Greece

Panagia Tsambika Monastery nearby the village of Archangelos is a tiny white Byzantine church perched high at 300m with commanding coastal views both north over Kolymbia where the avenue of eucalyptus trees can be picked out and the grid layout appreciated and south over Tsambika beach and beyond to distant Lindos. Inside is miraculous 11th-century icon of the Blessed Virgin found on the mountain by a childless , infertile couple who later conceived a child.

The legend is that if a childless woman wishing to conceive walks barefoot up the mountain to pray to the Virgin, she will be blessed with children. Children so inspired are named after the monastery, Tsambikos for a boy and Tsambika for a girl, a name unique to Rodos. As it is so common on the island, it is more likely that fertile women named their offspring after the monastery by way of thanks that it had not been necessary to undergo this ritual. The saints day is 7 September, an especially potent occasion for the infertile.



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Archangelos, Greece
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Founded: 1770
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Tom Neumann (2 years ago)
Please go to the chapel, which belongs to the monastery. It is on a rock, 1,5 km further. There you have a wonderful view to the sea.
Sylleion Kyaneai (2 years ago)
This is a beautiful monastery totally worth visiting if you pass by the area , it has a beautiful church and a small museum next to it.
Irina Sh (2 years ago)
Rather interesting, unsial ortodox church decorations, nice view at mountains and sea shore. Wide parking area.)))
John Physicist (3 years ago)
Picturesque scenery along with amazing views of the tsampika beach!! Walking 307 stairs to the top of the hill to get the holy spirit of the monastery!! Mentally should be well trained to accomplish this check off list place!!
PhytoBioOrganique Llc raw materials (3 years ago)
Byzantine style monastery. According to legend, the Icon of the Mother of God grants women the joy of childbirth
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