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Panormitis

2016.04.28
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the entrance to the church is surrounded by palm fronds - this was Maundy Thursday in the Orthodox calendar
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After our stay in Rhodes - and rather too much wine - we set off early in the morning on the way to the island of Symi - our favourite place. We took the tourist boat rather than the fast ferry and so went via Panormitis - a beautiful spot which is best accessed by boat anyway.

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis, to give it its full name! is the most important on the island and second largest in the Dodecanese after the monastery of St John the Theologian in Patmos. (see last year's blog).

The monastery is a large 18th-century Venetian-styled building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world. In the church is the famous icon of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, (no photography allowed) who is not only considered the island's patron saint but also the guardian of sailors in the entire Dodecanese area.
Then we sailed along the coast past the beaches - beaches that were all empty as the taxi boats had not started running yet.
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