26 August 2012

The festival at the Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi

Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi
The Byzantine church altar
The floral Epitaphios
The outside of the Monastery

The Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi is an 11th C Byzantine monastery and was originally built on the temple ruins of the ancient god of healing, Asklepios.  Even today, the monastery tries to care for people as well as stray and sick animals.  

Every year, on the 30 June, thousands of Pilgrims from the whole of Greece, descend upon the Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi, which is located 4.5 kms from Ermioni, to pay their respects, buy candles, enter the monastery church, and pray.  The route is lined with many market stalls, selling all types of merchandise, fancy goods, as well as snacks, food and drinks. Because of the volume of cars and buses, the near-by is used as a parking area, which is supervised by police.

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