Monasteries

Monasteries

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Greek monasteries are interconnected with Greek nature and history.  Located in steep rocks, cliffs, on windy slopes above the sea, lush green valleys and olive groves, these monasteries are actually witnesses of human efforts to come closer to God through silence, simplicity and harmony.

Based on religious worship, miracles built by experienced local craftsmen and decorated by remarkable religious painters.

s played a valuable role in different periods of Greek history protecting and sometimes preserving the Greek language, arts and tradition through generations of monks.

Even today many monasteries teach arts such as religious painting, protection and preservation of ancient manuscripts, wine-making, biological agriculture, traditional cheese making etc.

From the years of the Byzae (330-1453 A.D.), Greek land has been indissolubly linked to thh, which played a significant role during the Turkish Occupation Period in maintaining the language and identity of the Greeks, while the clergy played an active role during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) in throwing off Ottoman yoke and creating the New Hellenic State. Orthodox Churches and Monasteries were always important convocations of social cohesion and references. The plethora of churches and monasteries constitute actual architectural monuments, while the atmosphere they encompass gives the visitor a sense of devoutness.

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