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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Artur Cholascinski (4 months 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!
Gayle GAMES (9 months ago)
The Most wonderful place to visit peaceful the monastery itself so precious in side was stunning in it self
Marko Stanojlovic (10 months ago)
peace and quiet strong energy the monks are very kind i love this place
Melanie T (14 months ago)
A great place with a stunning view. Make sure to stop here and enjoy this beautiful monastery with its friendly cats.
Ashok Hatwar (2 years ago)
Beautiful monastery in an isolated but scenic place. Fabulous views of the west coast of Rhodes from the monastery. The monastery by itself is very well maintained. The place has a very peaceful ambience and one can spend an hour or so enjoying the peace and taking in the scenery around. Definitely worth a visit
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