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Church of Archangel Gabriel

Church of Archangel Gabriel: It is 6km at the southern of Mytilini, at the suburb of kayiani or Taxiarches. It was built in 1903 and it is the third building that has taken the place of the previous two.

It is of Byzantine architectural style, cruciform with a Gothic dome. The whole roof of the church has been covered with artistic crosswise vaults decorated with plasterworks. Slabs of white marble cover the floor and in the middle there is a curved two-headed eagle ( symbol of the Byzantine Empire ).

The iconostasis and the Metropolite throne - kept from the previous church - are fretwork pieced of art and they belong to the beginning of the 18th century. The church is full of impressive holy icons and wall paintings.

On yearly basis numerous pilgrims visit the church. The view from the garden that surrounds it, is fantastic as it faces the port of Mytilene and the Aegean Sea.

Church of Agio Theodori

Church of Ayioi Theodori (Saint Theodore): It is the oldest church of Mytilini, built at the edge of the ancient town.

It has been built during the Byzantine period and has been reconstructed in the year 1759 with a three-aisle basilica architectural style after it had been destroyed by fire. In the internal we can see the oldest holy icon of Agios Theodoros the Byzantium - patrol saint of Mytilini - which represents the nine scenes of his martyrdom.

Church of Agii Apostoli

Church of Ayii Apostoli (Saints Apostles): It is near the Cathedral and has been built in 1815. It has a worth noticing iconostasis and wonderful wall paintings.
At the garden there is a neoclassic building that belongs to the Metropolis of Mytilini and that is used as a religious-intellectual center.

Cathedral of Agios Athanasios

Cathedral of Agios Athanasios: It is in the center of Mytilene, near the area of the southern port.

It was built during the end of the 16th century and it is a three-aisle cruciform basilica. It is dedicated to Agios Athanassios and in the church the relic of the new martyr Agios Theodoros of Byzantium -patron saint of the town - is kept ( he martyred in the year 1795 by the Turks ).

The fretwork iconostasis has been characterized as one of the most impressive works of post-Byzantine art ( constructed in 1738 ), while the holy icon of Jesus Christ is a wonderful Asia Minor relic painted during the 16th century. Also the belfry is one of Gothic architectural style and it is 33m. high.

Monastery of the Taxiarches at Mantamados

The monastery is situated at a close distance from the village Mantamados, in the north-east part of Lesvos, 36 km from Mytilini and it constitutes one of the most significant places of pilgrimage on the island. In the past, it functioned as men's convent and is mentioned for the first time in an ecclesiastical document from 1661.

The small church of the 17th century was replaced with a bigger one of the 18th century, in the place of which the present church was erected from top to bottom in 1879, following the architectural type of the three-aisled basilica.

The monastery complex develops parametrically around the church, adding a fort-like character to it. In the church's interior and, more specifically, in a luxurious canopy from 1766, the wrought-in-relief icon of Taxiarches is kept, which -according to tradition- was made with soil and the blood of the monks who were slaughtered by pirates.

Of folklore interest is the custom of the bull's slaughter, which takes place on the anniversary of the church's inauguration.

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