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“An earthly church.”

The Church of Panagia Drossiani
Larisa, Greece
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33 reviews
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“An earthly church.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

On the road that connects Chalkeio with Kinidaros and just before the village Moni is Panagia Drosiani. If it is on your way, is worth to have a few-minutes stop, to admire one of the oldest Christian churches of the Balkans. There is a sign on a turn which points out the location, so be aware! I wasn't lucky to get into to the church, but you should get into the yard and take a walk around the chapels. The earthly raw materials fit completely with the surrounding environment, being a part of it and not impose on it.

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely old church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

Would recommend including this on any tour round naxos, the church is just a few steps off the main road near Moni. It dates back to the 6th century and has some lovely faded frescos on the wall and three tiny chapels off the main section of the church.

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Athens, Greece
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“panagia i drossiani”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

thats how its called in greek! beautiful complex of very old churches, with nice old frescoes! worth visiting absolutely!

Visited July 2012
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Delphi,Greece
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“Interesting 5 minutes visit : )”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2009

This is a very old church (6th century). Approaching the village of Moni from the south, you have to stop, try to park your vehicle at the edge of the road and climb up 10 steps to reach it. Please note these stairs are on a blind curve of the road, there is no sign in advance stating you approach the place, only a sign exactly when you've make it to the point. So be carefull when driving...
As I said, this is a very old church. Most of the frescos are fading, you can just make out what they should have been like. There are a couple of interesting old icons, and that;s it. Church is small, but on my point of view much nicer to see outside than inside. If you have no special interest in early christian architecture or something, I think 5-10 minutes in this site are more than enough. Please be respectful as this is a religious site for many people, and Moni's cemetery is located on the same place.

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Athens, Greece
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“One of the ancienst churches in Balcan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2006

Panayia Drosiani is small church but is of historical importance due to the fact that until 3 years ago it was considered to be the oldest church in the Balkans (now was found to be another church in the village "Melanes" in Naxos again). You can see the stromas of various wall paintings and worship the ancient icons that come from the old monastery that is now ruined. The courtyard of the church is very nice and in the same place there is the cemetery of the village. The hot date that Panayia drossiani becomes the centre of Naxos is the morning-miday of the Holy Friday ("Agia Paraskeui" in Greek). At that date there is an old local custom; the natives from "Moni" (the village near the church) offer "raki" (a very nice and strong alchohol drink), bread with rasin and nuts to all guests and they have social intaraction in the courtyard of the church.

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