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Pithari Monastery or Monastery of the Great Taxiarches of Eressos

Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
Mονή Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών
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 Pithari Monastery is one of the most breath-taking monasteries in Lesvos, close to Sigri village. Its name, ‘pithari’, means ‘jar’ and comes from the shape of the ravine where the monastery is located. The monastery dates back to the 16th century and it’s dedicated to Archangels (Taxiarches). In 1931, Pithari Monastery (Moni Pithariou) merged with the neighbouring Monastery of Ypsilou. Seven years later, it started to operate as a church penitentiary and it closed down during the German occupation of the island. After 1964, it kept operating for few years.

The last years, Pithari Monastery has been reactivated  and, for now, it operates with a small brotherhood. The main church, the cells and the courtyard were being repaired and redecorated in full harmony with the landscape.

The main church was recently renovated and decorated by the iconographer Lazaros Zikos. The most interesting characteristic of the church is the Altar’s column which is crowned by an inverted base of an ancient column on which its marble plate is placed. The narthex (vestibule) of the church is surrounded by ancient columns, creating one mystic atmosphere. You can enjoy majestic views of the sea and the mountains.

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