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Monasteries

The convent of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and IreneFounded in 1963, the convent was built on the site of a Byzantine monastery that was destroyed by Ottoman soldiers in 1463. It is especially renowned and receives thousands of pilgrims who come to the island solely to visit it and seek the blessing of the Saints. The abbess Eugenia Kleidara, the author of many religious books, and the 40 nuns who comprise the convent’s population are responsible for the convent’s communication and fine reputation. Taxiarchis in mantamadosThe monastery’s original church was built prior to the 18th century, but was completely reconstructed in 1879. According to legend, the relief icon of the Archangel Michael was moulded from clay and blood. The church contains the prelatic vestment of the martyred Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory V, a national and ecclesiastical relic. Moni PerivoliThe Perivoli Monastery is situated on the banks of the Voulgaris River, at a detour off the rural Kalloni-Antissa road just before you reach Antissa. It is a women’s convent dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin, and has fallen into disuse in recent years. In the past (at least from the 16th to the end of the 18th century) it was part of the men’s Monastery of Taxiarches Kreokopou, located one hour away at the summit of Mt. Chalakas.The convent’s cathedral is a traditional wooden-roofed basilica of small proportions and has noteworthy frescos dating from the 16th century. Pithari Monastery(Monastery of the Great Taxiarches of Eressos)There are two versions regarding the founding of this monastery. According to one, it was a Byzantine monastery that was reestablished during the Ottoman Empire. The other maintains that it was founded in the 16th century. Moni LeimonosTall and imposing, the Leimonos Monastery has the most extensive grounds of all the monasteries in Lesvos. It was from its founding year (1526) an important place of asceticism and worship, as well as a dynamic institution of systematized education. Remarkable frescos dating from the 16th and 17th centuries decorate the monastery’s interior. The prominent 16th scholar monk Pachomios Rousanos taught at the renowned Leimoniada School. Its collection of priceless relics and art objects, including Byzantine and Late Byzantine manuscripts and icons, documents, sacred vestments, liturgical vessels, holy relics, and folklore artifacts make this one of the wealthiest monasteries in the Aegean. Its library contains some 5,000 volumes. Today, Moni Leimonos continues its rich spiritual, social and philanthropic traditions. Its grounds contain a museum of folklore and geology, a traditional Lesbian home (living museum) and old-age home. The Metochi of Taxiarchis KlopediFounded by St. Ignatius Galliano in the 16th century, this monastery remains the Metochi (monastery dependency) of the Leimonos Monastery. It is situated four kilometers northwest of Agia Paraskevi, near the archeological site of the sanctuary of Klopedi. Its cathedral is dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and its feast day is on 6 September. Noteworthy is the double-spouted fountain at the monastery’s entrance with its marble inscription of 1776. It has a resident priest and may be visited daily from sunrise to sunset throughout the year. It also offers free lodging. 

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Areas of archaeological interest

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

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Museums

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city.

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city.

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Caves of Lesvos

The island has some 200 caves and at least ten unexplored karst sinkholes, locally known as fousses. There are indications that many of these were inhabited in Neolithic times and are still used as places of worship.

The island has some 200 caves and at least ten unexplored karst sinkholes, locally known as fousses. There are indications that many of these were inhabited in Neolithic times and are still used as places of worship.