Moni Skiadi Church

Mesanagros, Greece

Moni Skiadi, nearby the village of Mesanagros. One of the more important monasteries on the island made famous by its miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin (panagia). Legend tells of a heretic who stabbed the painting many centuries ago and brought blood from the cheek of Mary. Still visible brown stains provide their own persuasive evidence.

The icon is carried around at Easter time from house to house and village to village until it finally comes to rest for a period on the island of Halki. Most of the present buildings arise from the 18th and 19th centuries built around a 13th-century Church of the Holy Cross. In its present form, the tiered campanile is attached to the church building which has a typical cross vaulted roof.



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Mesanagros, Greece
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Jodie Moore (8 months ago)
This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. So peaceful. Would recommend a visit! We stopped in the shop and purchased a few gifts, the man serving us was so friendly and he introduced us to Houdini the dog! Free coffee and biscuits was a nice touch too!
Rolf Vesters (8 months ago)
Nice monastery with small church and a small shop. Friendly people. Free coffee for visitors. Great views of island.
Ian May (9 months ago)
Say what you like about monks they always know how to choose a view. On a more serious note. The grounds are lovely and well maintained. The church itself is beautiful. The drive up is well worth it.
lee isherwood (9 months ago)
Came up the south road and down the northen route. It looks like a dirt track to get from the south to the north but its fine. The views are stunning, well worth the drive even if you don't visit the monastery. Wouldn't want to breakdown up there, we only saw one other car.
Artur Cholascinski (2 years ago)
Quiet place, far from the main touristic paths. Spiritual atmosphere. But be patient - both roads leading there are not easy to drive. Narrow streets, lots of curves, animals, in some places steep. I travelled there by 125ccm scooter. But the views - unforgettable!
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