Byzantine & Christian Monuments

TH13gggThe only thing a visitor has to do in order to be impressed is to lift his eyes to the towering summit ridges of the Geraneia Mountains and to watch the contrasts and the beauty of the Landscape. This is a beauty, which fascinates and revives soul and mind alike, while at the same time recalling memories that go back into the depths of the centuries. Amid this idyllic tranquillity and among these verdant mountains, the traveler will find ravines and caves, will wander across plateaus and down to tiny natural harbors, will rejoice in the rustling of the leaves and savoir the aromas of’ thyme, wild flowers and fir ­and will find shelter in picturesque churches and monasteries, offering thanks to God for what He has created. To walk among the wooded slopes and rugged peaks of the Geraneia range is like to embark upon an unforgettable journey back through time, into the legends and history of the area. Nowhere is the course of that journey better recorded than in the wealth of historic monuments that serve as witnesses to the past and bridges between yesterday and today. In this place to which pilgrims flock, there are countless lonely chapels and monasteries clinging to the sides of gorges or half’-hidden in the dense forest, testifying to man’s constant and tireless efforts to communicate with that which he holds divine. So let υs begin our journey through time with a glimpse of history and walk among the Byzantine monuments of the area.