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Monastery of Archangel Michael in Thassos

  • (worth a detour)
  • 1-2 km
  • High
  • Free
  • 2 hours
  • 2 2

A monastery on the island offering a wonderful view of the Aegean Sea and Athos

Moni Archaggelou 640 04 Greece
The nuns will offer visitors to taste special homemade some sweets known as Turkish delight or Rahat Lokum. They have various flavours and taste very interesting.
Hurry to be able to taste those sweets! Also, make sure to drink some of the "holy water" from the fountain.

Being the perfect place to visit on the Thassos island of Greece, if you’re talking about the religion-related sightseeings, the monastery of Archangel Michael is the greatest and most famous monastery of the island. It will definitely attract you there not only for the old church and museum, but also for the beautiful, multicolored gardens and terrace and the unique view that it offers of the bluest, calmest sea embracing one of the cliffs.

 

The monastery of Archangel Michael is located on the south-eastern coast of the Thassos island, between Astris and Alyki, andis about 30km south of Limenas. It is built on a cliff above the sea surface with a view of the Aegean Sea and Athos (Agio Oros).

 

It is exclusively female and depends spiritually on the monastery of Philotheos in Athos (Agio Oros). In the holy monastic community it is treasured a piece of the Holy Nail, part of the nails of the Crucifixion of Christ.

We do not know exactly the date of the monastery’s foundation, but there is a reference about it on an official paper of 1287. In 1835, some repairs took place as it is revealed on an inscription at the western side of the temple. The first nuns and a monk from the monastery of Philotheos settled in 1974 and worked very hard in order to transform the previously remote monastery. The Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael made a great fortune from worshipers’ donations. Owing to an abalienated law in 1927, the property of the monastery was divvied to 72 peasants.

 

At first, it was a dependency of the Monastery of Philotheos on Mount Athos and in fact many Monasteries of Athos owned properties on Thassos. The monastery has preserved a collection of religious articles and works created by the monks. The most valuable thing that can be seen in the religious collection is a part of the Holy Nail from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As part of religious celebration, every year, on the first Tuesday after Easter, the Monastery conducts a procession that starts at a small village of Theologos. During the procession, they carry the Holy Nail back to the convent.

Right beneath the monastery, next to the sea, there is a cave with holy water. This cave has a special, worth-mentioning history. During the Constantinopole by the Turks, despite the conquerors’ oppression, believers kept visiting the temple of Archangel. The Turks, noticing the people’s faith and the Saint’s miracles, sent some men in order to destroy the monastery. One of them dared to enter the temple and to pollute the holly water that kept running for so many years. At the same moment he was thundered by the saint and dropped dead, while the spring dissapeared from the temple and ever since the holy water runs through the rocks. It is said that if someone with a health problem drinks a little bit of that holy water, recovers from the illness.

 

The nuns are highly hospitable, but insist that the visitors dress up according to their rules that is long trousers for men and long skirts and tops with covered shoulders for women. If you are not dressed properly, you will be given clothes at the entrance of the monastery.

How to get there

You have to arrive in Greece first, the fastest way being by plane, then take a bus to the closest dock near Thassos, in order to take the ferry-boat that should take you on the island. To arrive at the monastery you should take a bus.

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