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“beautiful views and wonderful interesting experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa (Grace of Panagia -Virgin Mary)

Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Amorgos
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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nyc
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“beautiful views and wonderful interesting experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

You can grab a bus to the monastery from katapola. Its quite a climb up the steps to the monastery so its advisable to have good footwear, I wore flip flops which though I made it up the steps I would have been more comfortable in shoes or sandals with straps. The views at the entrance was already amazing but as you climb up the steps, you have a hard time deciding where to look, out to the sparkling sea, the imposing monument ahead carved out of the cliff or the steps you are walking on, or the cliff wall you are walking up against.
Then there is the unexpected experience of having to dress up, no bare shoulders and woman must wear a skirt and men trousers, luckily there are dresses, skirts, scarves and pants tied to the fence in front of the entrance which one can borrow. It was amusing to see tourist putting large mom jeans over their hiking shorts and woman pulling up long hippie skirts or wrapping large scarves around their waist. If you don't fancy wearing strangers' clothing dress appropriately or bring a thin large wrap to tied around your waist, the monks aren't that strict that it must be a proper skirt or dress. Just respectful modesty.
After playing dress up while looking out into the Agean sea you turn and walking up the stairs into a narrow entrance way up a mysterious narrow white stairs up up and turn and wondering all the while how did they manage to build this all? The you come upon in the midst of the whitewash walls and steps a monk in a long black cloak beckoning for you to continue on, then up to the top and from a room with holy icons you step outside into the dazzling sun and become instantaneously blinded by white and green and blue and beauty that surrounds you.

Then you step back inside, pay a donation, please pay a donation, gingerly maneuver down the steep stairs and meeting the same monk he motions for you to enter a room where fellow visitor are offered cool drinks of water, wine an sweets a cool place to sit and rest before heading down and out. It was an unbelievable experience.

Visited September 2012
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“Breathtaking scenery, monastery and very friendly monks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

You will have to hire a car to be able to get the monastery, and it is about a 15 minute walk/climb to get to the actual monastery from the car park. It is totally free (donations are welcomed) and the view at the top is amazing, overlooking the sea and coast, plus some very friendly monk kittens to greet you! The monks are welcoming, but remember to have full length skirts/trousers (even men must have their legs covered) and no shoulder showing! The monks will lend you monk trousers if needed for the duration of your time in the monastery. The monks will set you down and offer you turkish delight and their homemade liquor (which I cant remember the name off) but they use local honey and herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme) and it is delicious. The monastery itself is incredibly large, unfortunately only a small portion is open to the public. Well worth the effort!

Visited September 2012
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sint pieters leeuw
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“A unique place in a beautiful natural environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The monastery is build against an enormous vertical rock. The inside is well worth a visit (taking pictures is forbidden). For us it was the highlight of our 5 hour walk between Chora and Egiali (the best walk on Amorgos)

Visited September 2012
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Athens, Greece
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

dont leave Amorgos without paying a visit to the monastery...simple as that...unfortunately the place is not accessible for people with dissabilities..

Visited August 2012
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Tarporley, England, United Kingdom
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“Well worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Hozoviatissa is unique so what's to not like! You're greeted by a monk with a free glass of water and small liquer. Much needed adter to several hundred steps you have to climb from the car park. Stunning view of the monastery and from it. A must if 'doing' Amorgos

Visited September 2012
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