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The Monastery of Agia Varvara on Skopelos: The Monastery of Agia Varvara is located about 6km North of Skopelos Town, close to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis. It is the oldest monastery of the island built in 1648. It is surrounded by strong walls and its fabulous location offers an amazing view to the sea, assuming that it was probably used as a lookout post for enemies. Its fortress architecture is quite well-preserved.
The church of Agia Varvara has a cross-like dome and a beautiful, wooden temple with three gates: one dedicated to Agia Varvara, the second to the Circumcision of the Christ and the third to Agios Charalambos. Today the monastery is abandoned but it is well worth visiting and admire the rare Byzantine icons and lovely frescoes from the 15th century.
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