Churches in Pelion
The entire town of Pelion is an inexhaustible treasure of religious monuments, legends and cultural tradition, ideal for nature and history lovers. Several churches and monasteries are spread throughout the green villages and the picturesque settlements which are worth admiring for their unique icons, architecture and the frescoes made by famous painters.
Among the worth seeing churches in Pelion is the church of Agia Marina located in Kissos village. The beautiful basilica stands in the middle of the square, where architecture is in perfect harmony with the surrounding beauty. The church hosts two small museums on both sides.
In the heart of the scenic village of Milies sits the church of Pamegistoi Taxiarchon. It was founded in 1741 without a bell tower and its wonderful frescoes can be seen from its entrance. It is strongly connected with the Greek revolution. The church has great acoustics and in 2000 a choral festival was held with ecclesiastical works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
East of Agios Lavrentios village, in one of the most enchanting areas, rises the Monastery of Agios Lavrentios. It was founded in the 14th century by a monk whose name the monastery carries. In a close distance, you will find the churches of Agios Athanasios, Agios Apostolos, and Agios Dimitrios.
North of Fakistra beach, the jewel of Pelion lies the historical cave of Panagia Megalomata covered with stalagmites. There is also found a picturesque chapel that is worth a visit. Under the old plane trees, in the middle of Makrinitsa square lies the church of Agios Ioannis. Close by, in the shadow of the huge rocks, sits the holy monastery of Agios Gerasimos. The monk, whose name the monastery carries built his cell and lived there until his death in 1740. The monastic community decided to build a church in his memory which later became a female monastery which is active to this day.
The historical church of Agioi Taxiarches in the square of Milies was founded in the 17th century and renovated in 1741. Inside, there are some interesting frescoes with scenes from the Bible.
The church of Agia Marina in the square of Kissos stands under tall plane trees. Constructed in the 17th century, this small church is made of stones and has a roof with white tiles.
Established in 1767, this traditional church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin. It has interesting architecture and a tall bell tower, with bells from Odessa.
The Byzantine Monastery of Agios Lavrentios was established in 1378 on the ruins of an older monastery. It played an important role in the Greek War of Independence.