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MONASTERY OF ZOODOHOS PIGI
The monastery of Zoodohos Pigi or Agias, as the locals call it, is close to Batsi, the famous tourist resort in the island, and it is the biggest in the island. In documents of the 14th century, it is reported that in the church is an icon of 1325. It was renovated in the 16th and 20th century and its byzantine feature was diluted. The church has an impressive wooden temple, while in the monastery’s museum you will see rare manuscripts, canonicals and utensils.

MONASTERY OF PANAHRANTOS
In the small village of Fallika you will see the byzantine monastery of Panahrantos. It is built in the north banks of mountain Gerakones during the 9th century by emperor Nikiforos Fokas. It is a monastery with a fort. In its interior are kept rare ecclesiastic heirlooms, worth to see. Icons, manuscripts, canonicals and utensils that impress every visitor.
From the monastery you can enjoy the magnificent view to the sea.

MONASTERY OF SAINT MARINA
The monastery of Saint Marina is located in village Apikia. According to the historic files of monastery Koutroumousiou, it was built during the byzantine period, in the times of Paleologos (around 1325).
In 1834, the monastery closed after king’s fiat. The monastery’s property was sold by the state. In the period that the monastery stayed closed, it was burn and plundered. In 1976, one and a half-century after the monastery’s desolation, it was reestablished and reconstructed. From the heirlooms left are the icon of Saint Marina dated from the 17th century and that of Panagia Dakrirooussa.

MONASTERY OF SAINT NIKOLAOS
It is located in Sora, 6km from the village Apikia. Two priests from Agio Oros built it at the end of the 16th century, on the remains of ancient byzantine church. It had important property and flourished during the 18th century. In the middle of 19th century it had a crisis, as the number of priests was reduced. Today it is one of the numerous monasteries of the island. It is protected by high walls and has important ecclesiastic heirlooms. Among them distinguish the icon of Saint Nikolaos from 1770, the wooden temple of the church and the exquisite murals.
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