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Culture of Sporades Island. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Greece by boat The Northern Sporades are distinguished by the presence of a very large number of various temples and churches. On the archipelago, for example, there is the church of St. John, more known among fans of cinema as the church "Mamma Mia", named after the eponymous movie, which was shot here. The church is located at a hundred meters high, which makes it possible to enjoy a good view when the ascent of two hundred steps leading to the cult building will be completed.
Only four inhabited islands of Sporades offer its guests accommodation places. Most of local facilities are comfortable beach hotels focused on tourists traveling with kids. Modern apartment … Open
On Skiathos, there is a monastery of Panagia Kunystra, built in 1650. According to legend, the reason for its construction was the appearance of the icon of the Mother of God to one of the monks in the center of the forest. The icon radiated light and was called "trembling." At the moment, the monastery does not only attract tourists but also serves as a center of festive celebrations on November 21st, the day of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the island. On the island, there is also the Evangelical Monastery, St. Harlampy Monastery, and the Church of the Three Hierarchs.
On Skiathos, there is also a pretty famous medieval castle Castro. It was built in the far 14th century and for many years served to protect the inhabitants of the island from the pirate raids. On the powerful walls the long-range guns were located, which were capable of shelling enemy ships. Until the 15th century, the fortress was part of the Byzantine Empire, later came under the rule of Venice, and after that passed into the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Only in 1821, the castle returned to Greece. Since then it has been a part of the national heritage. On the neighboring island of Burtezi, you can find the Venetian fortress. Unfortunately, its walls could not stand the test of time and for the most part, had collapsed. Copyright
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The Monastery of Panagia the Evangelist was built relatively recently, in the 18th century, by monks from the legendary Athos Mount. Today it is a huge complex, stretching for almost two thousand square kilometers. Panagia the Evangelist defended the monks not only with its strong walls that made it look like a real fortress but also with thick grasses and trees that hid the outlines of the monastery buildings. Today on the territory of the complex you can see the ancient carved wooden iconostasis. The monastery also has a museum of rare manuscripts and books. Do not miss the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, on whose territory to this day there is a holy spring.
Skiathos harbour There are about three hundred churches and monasteries in Skopelos. The Church of the Archangel Michael, the Church of the Life-giving Spring, the Monastery of St. Regina, and the Transfiguration Monastery are precisely interesting. On Alonisos, you can see the ruins of the once majestic ancient city of Ikos and several religious buildings of the Byzantines. On Yura, you can find the legendary cave, where, according to legend, Odysseus blinded Cyclops Polyphemus. On Skiros, there is a beautifully preserved monastery of St. George, founded in the distant 960. You can see here the beautiful churches of the Holy Mother of God and the Holy Trinity. Of particular interest is the medieval castle of Lykomed.
Sporades archipelago is situated along eastern Greek coast in Aegean Sea. The archipelago is split in two independent island groups, Southern and Northern Sporades with northern islands … Open
In the Archaeological Museum of Skyros, you can see a collection of artifacts from the Minoan period. In the museum of Faltais a large collection of Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish objects of everyday life and weapons is collected. The municipal museum, for the most part, tells about the subjects of the everyday life of the local residents in the recent past. The most ancient attraction of the island is Palamari, a settlement of the Bronze Age, which is now actively explored by the archaeologists. In a word, the Northern Sporades are distinguished by a great variety of historical and cultural monuments, and you will hardly be able to examine them all during one trip.
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Iconic cultural sights of Greece

The Rhodian fortress is one of the cult buildings of antiquity. The former is situated on the island of Rhodes, in the city of the same name. Once, one of the eight Wonders of the World - the Kolos of Rhodes - was there. For many hundreds of years, the Hospitallers of this impregnable fortress has been protecting it from the Muslims. You can also see the Rhodes acropolis, where the ruins of the temple of Apollo, the amphitheater, and the stadium are preserved. A large number of museums and historical monuments are found on the island of Crete, in the town of Heraklion. This place was named after the legendary Hercules. It is worth to visit the palace-temple in Knossos. This ancient city was the center of the Minoan civilization and the cult of Zeus. … Open
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