Panagia Spiliani, Pythagorio

Church of Panagia Spiliani is situated about 2 KM above Pythagorio. We went with a car, but we saw many tourists walking up from the town.

Panagia Spiliani, near Pythagorio

Panagia Spiliani, near Pythagorio

On the rock above the entrance, it is written “1677”. I presume that this refer to the year of foundation.

The wall of the cave is decorated with stucco.

Wall Relief of the Cave

Wall Relief of the Cave

And here it is written “1888”, which I guess is the actual year of the foundation of the current church.

Wall Relief with 1888 Inscription

Wall Relief with 1888 Inscription

Tradition says that this cave was used as a hideout during the Turkish occupation and the War of Independence.

This small blue building at the end is the actual church.

Cave Church

Cave Church

As you can imagine, inside the cave is pretty cool, almost chilly, even in the mid-summer.

There is also a large modern church just above the cave. There also is a small shop where you can buy, besides religious artifacts, drinks and snacks.

Modern Church of Panagia Spiliani

Modern Church of Panagia Spiliani

Another attraction of this place is the view. You can see below Pythagorio and the beach of Potokaki.

View from Panagia Spiliani

View from Panagia Spiliani

Bibliography

  • Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London/ A&C Black, 2001 (revised reprint of the 1995 sixth edition), p. 687.

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