Panormitis monastery

While touring around Symi you will see many churches  devoted to the Archangel Michael.

The decorative Greek Orthodox Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis is the most important on the island.

The monastery is a large 18th-century Venetian styled building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world.

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It’s covered in ornate red, yellow and blue detailing, like an edible cake tower! Once inside the detailing just carries on.

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A shaded courtyard offers welcome relief from the heat outside. Lush greenery soothes the eyes. The courtyard has ornate black and white flooring known as Hokhlakia – a detailed type of geometric pattern

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Intricate mosaic work also adorns the walls, featuring various Biblical scenes.

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Heavenly details can be found even if you cast your eyes upward.


Huge prayer candles flicker in the corner of the courtyard while floral wreaths adorn the doors to the cells where pilgrims can stay and contemplate in quiet solitude.

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More washed out colour offers a pleasing picture in every corner.

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A very pleasant trip and a bulging camera memory card once again!!!

Published by Derbyshire Gal

World traveller, proud auntie, bit of a liability.

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