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.
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.
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.
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.