Religious Tourism & Monasteries in North Evia
The island of Evia is a perfect location for those who are interested in Religious tourism. Very close to the Hotel Agnandi are a number of very interesting monasteries.
This is the monastery of Agia Irene Hrisovalandou, a newly founded monastery, situated on an green slope. The view from here is magical, while in the tranquil atmosphere in the monastery you can take a rest and meet the monks. While driving on the road Edipsos – Rovies you will find the cross road with the road that leads to the monastery after a 2km drive.
This is the monastery of Saint Nikolaos, known as well as Galataki Monastery. It was built in the 15th century, and it is one of the oldest monasteries in Evia and Greece in general. It is 12 km from Limni, and the road that leads to the monastery is an accessible country road. The scenery is very beautiful and the view towards the blue waters of Evoean Gulf is simply breathtaking.
It is a women’s monastery and has great history dating from the Byzantine period, in 1576. At the court yard are pieces of an ancient temple of Posidon, while in the same area is a Venetian tower, which according the traditional tales, was built by the old Saint David. Very near to the monastery, on a rocky area, is the ascetic cave of Saint Andreas ( Andrew ).
Saint David Monastery
At a close distance from Rovies, at the crossroads near the main road Kerasia – Istiea, is situated the famous male monastery of Saint David. It is famous in Evia and also in Greece and was built on a beautiful spot, with natural beauty of trees and water springs.
The monastery was founded in 1550 and has very rare hagiography as well, as historical relics there are exhibited in the monastery’s museum. The monks are very hospitable with the visitors, and offer local fruits and products.
Saint George Monastery
Saint George of Ilia is a women’s monastery, situated in a beautiful spot, with magnificent scenery. It is 10km from Rovies and the road that leads to it, for the last kilometers is a bendy country road, accessible though by all cars. It is an old monastery with a great past and history, and has many old religious relics. The wooden crafted iconostasi of the temple, is a remarkable piece of art.
Prokopi - Agios Ioannis Rossos
The Neo Prokopi is situated in North Evia in a virgin and wonderful place. The old village that has it's name after the Saint Prokopios is very very far at Kappadokia. During the big wave of emigrants from Minor Asia, the tragic emigrants came to Evia and brought with them the body of the Saint Agios Ioannis Rossos, which was miraculously intact. At the place of the todays’ village was built a refugee settlement and years after, started the construction of the impressive temple. At the church is kept the relic of the saint who died in 1730 and was declared a Saint by the Russian church in 1962. It's name day is on the 27th of May and his relic is considered miraculous.
At the road Istiea – Artemisio, after the small village of Nea Sinasos, is a crossroad that leads to the area of Panagia Dinious, at a 6 km distance NE from Istiea. This area is a big park with plain trees at the banks of a small tributary. In the middle of this park is the church of Panagia Dinious. On the 23rd of August a big celebration is taking place in honor of Panagia, with a big traditional festival and activities.