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!!!

Sweet little Symi

During our brief jaunt to Rhodes town we took a ferry over to the glorious little island of Symi. Here’s the first views of the colourful little houses clinging to the hillside.

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As the ferry pulls into Yialos (the main harbour) we get a closer look at the tiers of housing. Mostly in pastel shades but with the odd rebels with bright shades of red and yellow.


Here’s another view of Yialos the main harbour with a few glamorous sail boats.


Beyond the harbour is a distant view of hills while a girly pink scooter contrasts nicely with the yellow fishing nets. Meanwhile this gorgeous colour combo on a local house catches my eyes too

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Symi’s recorded history goes back as far as the Trojan Wars (1120 BC)

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At its height Symi was a thriving island with a population of more than 22,000.  It was renowned for its boat-building, sponge-fishing, wine-making, its wood-carvers and icon-painters.


The tranquail harbour has a plethora of little boats bobbing on the azure waters.

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You can still buy traditional sponges from lots of different shops along the harbour front.

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So many colourful houses and shops jostle for position and demand photographing!

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I love the delicate circular details at the top of lots of the roof lines.


So many permutations of candy colours to enjoy.


Moving up from the harbour we set off to explore Chorio, the village area.


Naturally I find lots of lovely paint based things to point my camera at. Including this amazing blue set of steps.

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There’s unusual artwork, colourful shops and icecream around every corner.

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Neil gets his fix of the creamy goodness and we actually get someone to take a picture of the two of us for once!

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Symi is a compact, colourful and delightful place for a day trip or for a longer, laid back break.


Next up we’re off to visit the pretty little monastry at Panormitis with its ornate floor and decoration.