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“holy place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Panormitis Monastery

Panormitis Monastery
Greece
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Symi
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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PIRAEUS - GREECE
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“holy place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

what a holy place, amazing church / a must -see during your stay or during an excursion fro the near by island of Rhodes. There are daily cruises departing to Symi island - the port is named Gialos and most of them also visit the monastery of Panormitis

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful Pilgrimage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Beautiful church -iconography and location.
There are 2 great museums - both are in the church square and definitely worth visiting. Plus, there is a fantastic bakery outside the monastery ...just ask for it and one of the locals can direct you.
And, you can go swimming as well minutes away from the monastry. You can take the local bus from the port of Simi to the monastery.

Visited July 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Beautiful view- gorgeous island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We loved our stay at Symi. The Monastry is gorgeous especially at nights when its lights are on. We stayed two nights and I want to return back next year. Rent a scooter and enjoy the silence of the island.

Visited August 2013
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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“Symi the unique island.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I recently spent 15 days on the island of Symi, a quaint, steep and well-maintained island with architecture that differs from many of the Greek isles. Symi is an easy hour and a half ferry ride or approx an hour catamaran trip from Rodos, for 16euros per single trip. Symi harbour is a bustly harbour, lined with numerous restaurants and shops, which extend behind, through little pedestrian lanes that intertwine, reaching the steps to the steep residential area. I stayed a bus ride away over the hill and valley, in Pedi Beach, which is where beautiful craggy mountains meet the ocean. Pedi is the place for a peaceful holiday, where you can swim in clear water off the mini sandy beaches, in a very beautiful bay. This is a place for pleasant walking and hiking, with some historical places of interest to visit and nature that is unspoilt and beautiful. There is a little boat that transports one to St Nikolas and St Marina Beaches - both beautiful and safe with amenities, for 6 euro per return trip, but one can hike across to both of them, if preferred. I stayed in the Pedi Beach hotel which is very clean and well situated. A tiny supermarket is nearby plus two jetty restaurants on the waterside. If you want a peaceful holiday, love walking, swimming and some sight-seeing this is a great place to visit. There are plenty of rooms, apartments and some hotels plus boat trips, to places of interest around the island. I would return.

Visited July 2013
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“Panormitis Monastey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The monastery is located on the south end of Symi, situated on the sea front of the tiny village of Panormitis. It is a closed in cove with a small sandy beach, protected by a narrow inlet that opens out into a wide harbour. The mountainous backdrop is covered with pine trees which give the area an ambiance of solitude.
The monastery is a large 18th-century Venetian styled building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world. The facade of the main structure is white and it stretches along the coast on either side of the main gateway. In excellent condition, the Italians constructed these two rows of buildings after World War II. These buildings now contain holiday flats that can be rented by tourists visiting the monastery and also contain a bakery among other things.
Once inside the monastery main gate, visitors are welcomed by an inner courtyard, decorated with exotic trees and plants, and paved with 'hokhlakia'. The church dedicated to the Panormiti is on the left and inside contains the 2-metre high, silver-leafed, wall icon of the Panormiti. The entire church interior is covered with iconography (of particular interest is the 'fall of the angels' mural at the back of the church) and is decorated with very elaborate chandeliers.
The monastery has two museums. One houses ecclesiastical art, and is rich in exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs and ecclesiastical utensils, ship model offerings brought to Panormitis from far away by the sea, and one of folk art with important objects of the folk culture of the island, relevant to fishing, agriculture and shepherding. There is also a library with Byzantine manuscripts and editions of ecclesiastical, historical and philological content, as well as a gallery with paintings of the landscape of the monastery and its two chapels. There is also memorial to a former abbot, two monks and two teachers, who in 1944, were executed for running a spy radio for the British commandos.
The monastery receives heaps of day-trippers from Rhodes, so if you really want to enjoy it in peace and quiet it is best to wait until they have gone. The monastery's dorm-house can host up to 500 people. The only way to get to the monastery is via a ferry or excursion boat. If you are already on the island, there is a road that exists between the monastery and the town of Symi. This can take over six hours to walk or an hour using a local bus service or rented scooter.

Visited May 2013
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