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Theoktistis Monastery in Ikaria

The Monastery of Theoktistis lies near the village of Pigi, in the mountains midway between Armenistis and Evdilos. The monastery is believed to have been founded by a monk from Lesvos already in the 15th century. At most a hundred monks lived here, how everyone found their space is a mystery, because it is not big. The monastery was abandoned in the 1980s when the last two monks moved out.

 

The church with two caps in the monastery Theoktistis in Ikaria.

The church with two caps in the monastery Theoktistis.

 

 

Where is it that is so special about Theoktistis Monastery? It is enough to look at the pictures to understand why. One of the monastery's two churches are built under two huge rocks that make the roof look like a cap, or two caps to be exactly.

 

The church with two caps in the monastery Theoktistis on Ikari in Greece.

One of the churches at Theoktistis monastery.

 

Monastery Theoktistis. Ikaria. Greece.

The peaceful monastery.


Most likely the church was built right here to avoid detection. (As if it was not enough that it was inaccessible.) A narrow small flight of steps leads up to a narrow little door, you have to duck to get into the church itself, the door is so small that I felt like a giant when I walked in the door of the tiny church.

 

The unique monastery of Theoktistis lies near the village of Pigi on Ikaria.

What's hiding in there?

 

Theoktistis Monastery on Ikaria island in Greece.

Well, not so much.

 

Do not miss this oasis, not only for the caps, the entire area breathes serenity and harmony. Here is a small café where you can sit down and wonder about the caps. The monastery is situated between Armenistis and Evdilos and is well signposted.

 

A picture of another cap house on Ikaria can be found here »


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