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The Monastery of Agios Raphael (St.Raphael)

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The Monastery of Agios Raphael is located on the hill of Karyes, very close to Thermi village.

The monastery is dedicated to three saints (agios in Greek) – Agios Raphael, Agios Nikolaos, and Agia Irini– and it’s one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Lesvos. Every year it attracts many visitors who are fascinated from the history of the monastery which is accompanied by miracles and supernatural phenomena. The present Monastery was built in the 1960s, on the ruins of the former one which operated in two different periods of the Byzantine era and was burned to the ground from the Ottomans in 1463. The three saints became martyrs during the invasion of Ottomans as they refused to deny their Christian faith and become Muslims.

According to the tradition, a monk was appearing alone in the area of Thermi and then he was vanishing in a flash of light. This vision belonged to Agios Raphael who wanted to tell the inhabitants about his martydorm. The archive records of the Patriarchate ensured the revelations of the vision.

Because of the many miracles that were worked by the three saints, Agios Raphael Monastery is still awe-inspiring.  

 

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Τηλ.: 22510 71259

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