paleochora

when we visited aegina the first time, and stopped by the monastery of agios (saint) nektarios, we noticed some small churches on the adjacent hill. on our second visit, we again saw the churches from the side of the road, sitting above the groves of pistachio trees, so we decided to climb up and see what was there. paleochora (literally, “old town”) was the capitol of aegina for about a millennium, from the ninth to the 19th century. the residents of aegina island retreated up the hill to avoid centuries of repeated pirate raids, including an attack in 1537 by…

churches of lesvos and chios

i am a big fan of medieval cathedrals, but the greek orthodox churches are particularly impressive. the paintings, the chandeliers, the gilded altarpieces … interior of the church of agios (saint) therapon in mytilini, lesvos. interior of the taxiarchis (archangel) michael monastery at mantamados, lesvos. the finest frescoes were in the 12th century church of agios apostolos (holy apostle).  unfortunately, they don’t allow photography inside, and i wasn’t going to be a d*** about it and take pictures while the docent wasn’t looking.  the best i can do to provide a taste of what they were like is to share photos…

another palea chora

“another old place” – this old place is the quarry in the psychiko neighborhood. i haven’t been able to find any information on its history – when it was mined, where the stone was used – so i don’t have much to say about it except that, in a way, it reminds me of paleochora.