Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, Amorgos, Greece

The Monastery of Hozoviotissa in Amorgos: In the enchanting islet of Amorgos, part of the Cyclades islands, you come across the famous monastery of Hozoviotissa. An 11th century structure built by Alexius Comnenus I, the monastery was created as an ode to the Grace of Panagia, known as the Virgin Mary, who is also the saint protector of the island. Her icon was believed to have arrived on an unmanned boat from Palestine.

A perfect blend of nature and the beauty of man’s creation, the monastery symbolizes man’s tribute to the Holy Mother. Built into the face of a cliff, it provides a breathtaking view of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. It is with no doubt, the pride of Amorgos, with its pristine walls lined with portraits of monks and other leaders, the smell of incense and numerous little treasures. Being a place of remarkable historical relevance, there is a dress code, which requires men to wear trousers and women long skirts. Visitors are greeted first by signs reminding them of the dress code and then by monks, who act as guardians of this architectural marvel, and are given refreshments in the form of glasses of honey, raki liqueur and loukoumi.

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