A pilgrimage to Lesvos
Christianity was declared for first time in Lesvos in 58 ac from the Apostle Paul. The first pastoral seat of the island is Mitilene which first bishop of existed was Gregory in 325 ac.
Personalities such as the Empress Irene the Athenian, Magistrate Symeon, Konstantinos Monomahos, Saint Raphael and others testify the highly spiritual life developed during that period. The wealth of Byzantine monuments makes Lesvos a perfect destination for many religious pilgrims.
Monuments of centuries – old ecclesiastic architecture and art, several churches and monasteries give testimony to Lesvos rich religious heritage. Many of the old Monasteries of Lesvos are still in use. Some have become destinations for pilgrimages while others carry on the spiritual traditions of long ago.
Whether you are walking by an old country church or visiting a secluded monastery or just lighting a candle in one of the side street chapels you will discover, understand and admire the beauty that radiates from this unique island of Lesvos.
The most well-known pilgrimages to Lesvos are:
Taxiarchis (Archangel Michael) Monastery in Mantamados
Monastery Ypsilou or Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos
Limonos Monastery or Agios- Ignatios Monastery
Pithari Monastery or Monastery of the Great Taxiarches of Eressos
The Monastery of Agios Raphael (St.Raphael)
The Perivoli Monastery
The Metochi of Taxiarchis Klopedi