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Simi, Greece: Panormitis Monastery

About Panormitis Monastery:

This Greek Orthodox Monastery, dedicated to the Archangel Michael, is believed to have been built during the years of the Turkish domination and has been reconstructed several times but it’s most significant restoration work was done by Anastasis Karnavas between 1777 and 1873.

Inside the monastery, are many paintings created by the local artists Nikitas and Michailos Karakostis- a carved screen that bears the image of the Archangel, and many votive offerings.the second largest monastery in the Dodecanese islands after St. John the Theologian Monastery of Patmos.

It houses a large icon of the Archangel Michael, reported to work wonders of healing, protection and assistance.  The icon appeared miraculously and on several occasions was removed only to reappear in the same location.

Besides the famous icon there are other icons at the monastery dedicated to Archangel Michael and the angelic host.

Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery is one of the seven sacred sites along an imaginary line stretching from Ireland to Israel,  known as The Sword of Saint Michael“.

The Feast Day of November 8 draws huge crowds each year.

Traveling to Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery:

Vadim Indeikin / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

The Monastery is about 6 miles southwest of Symi and dominates the harbor in front of the village.

You can take a boat or ferry to Rhodes and then take a ferry from the port of Rhodes to Symi. In addition, from about Easter up until the Feast of Panormitis on November 8, pilgrims can travel directly to the Monastery on some ferries.

Legend has it that a bottle tossed from ‘anywhere’ into the sea, with a question for the Archangel Michael, it will find it’s way to this cove and the request answered.

Address:  Panormitis, Symi 856 00, Greece

Tel:       +30 2246 071581

Click here for the official website of Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery (in Greek)

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