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Hozoviotissa

The French naturalist and wanderer Tournefort, who visited the island in 1700, described the monastery of Hozoviotissa being very impressed. The same feeling is experienced by the visitors even today climbing the 300 steep stairs leading to the most important religious monument of the island, admiring the spectacular view of the deep blue sea. Here, at the Devil’s place of the extremely old Amorgian legends, with the unobscured view of the open sea, a unique creation of the Christian faith and the indomitable struggle of man is revealed. Hozoviotissa is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Archipelago built on the foot of a giant steep rock. The vertical, white, outer walls create a stark contrast to the gray rock, while the glossiness of its surface will interact with the bulges and the recesses of the enormous stone’s rugged relief that accompanies it for centuries.
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Ai Giorgis o Varsamitis

Seated on the terraces of the forecourt around the roses which smell beautifully you will enjoy the serenity of the place. The church of Ai Giorgis o Varsamitis is a three-aisled, vaulted basilica of the 16th century, built upon earlier temples, as it is believed. Its architecture is very interesting. Until the Byzantine period it was an autonomous monastery and then it became a dependency of Hozoviotissa. It was hagiographed in different periods -in fact today the murals of the 18th century and perhaps earlier ones are preserved.
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The churches of the castle

Kyra Leousa of Chora’s castle is considered to have been built during the Byzantine period. It was the first main church and it probably hosted the icon of the Virgin Mary. In the iconostasis there are interesting icons of the Cretan school out of which Panagia Glykofiloussa stands out. Another interesting church is that of Agios Konstantinos, which remained flooded for many years and that is why its murals have been destroyed. Below the castle there is Ai Giannis o Theologos, an old dependency of the monanstery of Patmos. These churches, along with the rest of Chora that amount to 30, have been recently locked. The keys are held by the families that clean them and light their vigil candles.      
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Panagia Katapoliani

As its name reveals, it is located in Katapola. It has built-in ancient parts and marble relief architectural elements. In fact, there are strong indications that under the chapel there are foundations of an early-Christian basilica, built upon an ancient temple of Apollo –as the excavational research of Mrs Lila Marangou has shown.    
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Zoodochos Pigi in Chora

It was built in the 17th century and it has a marble relief plaque with a double-headed eagle. On the interior there are four late-Byzantine icons of the 18th century. Beside it there is another church, that of Trion Ierarchon, with insert parts of the 2nd century BC. Inside there are interesting icons of the 17th and the 18th century.  
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Agios Ioannis Theologos

The church is located on a plateau on mountain Krikelos and it is dedicated to John the Evangelist. According to tradition, it was built by a sea captain who made a solemn promise for his ship to be saved when he was sailing on the dangerous sea area NE of Aegiali. It is considered to have been built between the 7th and the 9th century and it is a three-aisled basilica with a dome. It is worth joining the festivals that are organized here twice a year.  
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Agios Nikolaos in Kamari (Kato Meria)

The church of Agios Nikolaos (it is considered to be of the 12th – 13th century) was an old dependency of Hozoviotissa. It is a two-aisled, vaulted church made of stone. In a second phase the vaulted funerary chapel on the north was integrated onto it and after that another space on the same side, which is considered to have been a workshop. On the south side, there are two stone ‘voudospita’ (stables). A few years ago grouting, repairs and maintenance of Agios Nikolaos’s murals took place.
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