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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Monastery of Archangels - Asteriou

The entrance
801_8343 [Asteriou: The entrance]

The entrance to a little Byzantine monastery which stands on the northwestern part of Mt. Hymittos at a height of 545 m.

The monastery dates back to 10th c. and was populated until 1960. Throughout its history it has housed a large library. It’s dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel but it’s commonly known as Asteriou Monastery. A name that became widely used after a monk (Osios Loukas) from Steirio lived in the monastery circa 920 AD. The church caught fire at some time but some of the frescoes that date back to 16th c. can still be seen.

The court yard
801_8327 [Asteriou: The court yard]

The refectory
801_8303 HDR9 [Asteriou: The refectory]

The church interior
801_8319 HDR7 [Asteriou: The church interior]

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on November 2, 2014


  1. Kαταπληκτικό ποστ
    ευχαριστώ πολύ που το θαυμάζω!!!

    1. Νόμιζα πως έλλειπες στην Τήνο για ... διακοπές!

      Ευχαριστώ για το σχόλιο. Χαρά μου η ανταμοιβή των επισκεπτών μου.

  2. Τήνος ?
    από τώρα ?
    χωρίς να χαιρετηθούμε ?