Taxiarchis Monastery

Taxiarchis Monastery, Tilos

Taxiarchis Monastery
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Ken H
Snohomish, Washington, United States100 contributions
Couples
Our large tour bus weaved its was through the village with what seemed like inches to spare on either side and up in the mountains on a narrow dirt road on cliffs that seemed to drop[ off into the sea. STUNNING VIEWS. The monastery itself was well worth the visit. There are no monks here anymore and one caretaker that takes loving care of this treasure. Do go, you'll love the experience!
Written October 28, 2015
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Pierre655
Montreal, Quebec, Canada40 contributions
Couples
On sunday morings, the public bus makes a trip on the other side of the island to let you visit for one hour this monastry where no monks live anymore. It is a place of serenity in a fantastic natural environnement. Go!
Written January 14, 2015
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David D
Devon, UK16,669 contributions
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Wednesday 12th June and we were wandering around the picturesque and narrow streets of Megalo Chorio and we came across this delightful Monastery.

There is a Taverna nearby and it's terrace overlooks the Monastery with its Church, tall bell tower and ornate cobbled courtyard.

Sadly when we visited here, the Church was closed, so we were unable to go into, despite that we thought it was wonderful and well worth visiting.
Written June 12, 2019
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sue j
Cheltenham, UK50 contributions
Family
This little village is a must to visit, there is a lovely Taverna and a very unusual shop selling just about everything, never seen one like this. To wander the tiny streets all painted white is lovely and the views again are amazing
Written July 26, 2018
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Ramachandran B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands18 contributions
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More than the monastery itself it was the scooter ride that we enjoyed the most. The monastery is beautiful in a worn out kind of way. The road to the monastery is a series of bends on a very narrow road climbing higher and higher. The sheer thrill of looking at the aegean with the wind blowing on your face on a scooter riding over a narrow road with no railings is one of the best feelings ever! To add to it there was absolutely no one. We were literally the kings of the road!!!
Written April 16, 2017
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Engin S
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
Couples
The position has great views and the building has character. You can buy very tasty honey at the entrance although we missed it. However, our host (Michalis Studios) got one for us the next day as a present.
Written October 4, 2014
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AlleVast
Whitby, Canada238 contributions
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The drive is something not recommended to attempt unless one is a highly skilled driver. Pay someone to take you there. There is a place in town that arranges bus trips.

The road is pretty much one lane. But it is two way.

We visited during the closure of the church (renovations) so the church was not available to visitors. But the castle itself was interesting to see. It is always fascinating to see how small the rooms are in which Monks live.

We were told pirates hiked up the very steep incline (guessing it is at least 500m) and of course their progress was seen. The door was closed, and beans were dropped on the invaders from the tower. Sounds odd but apparently it was effective.

Who carried the pebbles up that hill to make the mosaic floors?

Photos of 1m tall candles, indication of angle of ascent, interior, mosaics.
Written September 18, 2019
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KanGurular
Istanbul, Turkey2,748 contributions
Family
We strolled the church fast. Its white painted architecture was plain from outside; but its inside is very ornate. Its building time is 1827. They made celebrations in its yard during religious days.
Written July 4, 2019
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,666 contributions
The village of Megalo Chorio is the only traditional settlement of Tilos, which is not in ruins and it is definitely worthwhile to wander through its narrow lanes with steps. Some traditional houses have been restaured with the help of the state like the 'Mangaphas House'.

An important sight in the village is its church dedicated to the 'Taxiarchis', which refers to Archangel Michael, much venerated in the Dodecanese, also under the name 'Panormitis' as on Symi. And for me it was fun to discover that the majority of men I met on Tilos were all called 'Michalis', like myself (something I have never encountered elsewhere in Greece).

The Taxiarchis church is surrounded by other buildings, which now probably serve as offices of the municipality, but definitely not as a monastery, if they ever did. The only monastery on the island is the one of Agios Panteleimonas, to which several Tripadvisor entries here are referring in fact.

The courtyard between the church with a beautiful main door and the surrounding buildings is covered by an attractive mosaic of black and white pebbles, again something typical of the Dodecanese. There are geometrical patterns, but also dolphins to be seen. Near the church is the 'Tilos Dwarf Elefant Exhibition', which was closed, when I passed by.

A great place to have a break here is the Kafenion 'Palio Meraki' with a terrace looking over the church and into its courtyard.
Written November 25, 2018
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EJCBodrum
Huercal-Overa, Spain232 contributions
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The monastery itself is one of the oldest in the Dodecanese Islands and has a wonderful peaceful atmosphere. It is best visited earlier or later in the day when the bus loads of tourists are not queuing up and not clogging up the stairs whilst they take numerous selfies. I am a tourist and don't mean to be derogative but if it is only the photo op. you want there are plenty of other places with that view, not in the monastery and spoiling other people's enjoyment who are actually interested in learning more about the monastery.
Written August 19, 2017
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