Treasury of Orthodox shrines - Greece (part II)

Treasury of Orthodox shrines - Greece (part II)

  The capital of Greece - Athens is famous for its ancient monuments and is considered the cradle of modern civilization. There are many Christian churches here that are of interest to pilgrims. The Church of St. George is located on the top of Lycabettus Hill. In ancient times, there was a sanctuary of Zeus, and during the reign of the Franks - the chapel of the prophet Elijah. The patroness of the dilapidated temple was Queen Olga, who presented the bell.

   In the Ancient Agora there is one of the oldest Byzantine churches in the capital - the Church of the Holy Apostles, built on the ruins of a Roman sanctuary, and restored in the 50s of the last century. In Plaka, at the intersection of Erotokritos and Erechtheus streets, there is the cross-domed Church of St. John the Theologian. The largest medieval building in the capital is the Russian Orthodox Church Christ the Savior Likodim. Pilgrims can visit the Cathedral (Mitropoleos Square), the churches of St. Theodora (Klaftmonos Square), the Entry into the Temple of the Virgin (Yermou Street), St. John in the Column (Euripides Street), etc.

  In the city of Corinth, there is a well-preserved oratorical pedestal from which the apostle Paul proclaimed his sermons. Pilgrims are expected to get acquainted with the Cathedral of St. Paul and the beautiful monastery of Daphne.
The ancient male monastery Mega Spiridon, which is located on the route from Corinth to Kalavryta, is famous for the miraculous icon of the Mother of God. The wax icon was created by the Apostle Luke. Over the years of its existence, the monastery has been repeatedly destroyed and burned, but the miraculous icon has been perfectly preserved to this day. Near the town of Kalavryta in the Holy Dormition Lavra is the honest head of St. Alexis, a gift from Emperor Emmanuel Palaiologos.

  In Greece, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God Tripiti, which is kept in the cave part of the rock temple of the city of Aigio, is especially revered. The pale pink walls of the temple resemble a sea shell clinging to a rock. 150 marble steps lead from the pier to the temple. Friday of Bright Week is the feast of the Tripiti icon and an official religious holiday in Greece.
  Not far from Aigio, in the city of Patras, there is the Cathedral of St. Apostle Andrew the First-Called. Here is kept the cross on which the apostle and the honest head of the saint were crucified.

Many Christian shrines are located on the Greek islands. For example, on the island of Evia, you can bow to the relics of the righteous John of Russia, and on Corfu - St. Spyridon of Trimifuntsky. On the island of Patmos is the cave of the Apocalypse, where John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation, having heard God's Voice.
A pilgrimage to Greece fills a person with reverence, helps him cleanse himself of sins and rethink a lot.

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