Kalymnos sights places of archeological interest

Ancient monuments and sights of archeological interest in Kalymnos


The granite statue of Isis, the sculpted heads of Hygeia (goddess of Health) and Venus Pothaea, works of sculptor Skopas, from Paros (4th Century B.C.)
The votive stele bearing an inscription, offered by a lady answering to the name of dame Eftelistrate to god Phoebus, protector of the island, and the Municipality, reminiscent of the sponsorship, by the said person, of a thespian production. A sizeable sculpted trunk believed to be part of a voluminous statue of Aesculapius.
The vestiges of a tower dating from the Hellenist and the remains of a Perivolos (stone-made corral) estimated to have been constructed sometime between the late Geometrical era and early Classical time, situated at a promontory overlooking the port, next to the small church of Saint Irene.

Fortresses :
Not to be missed! The fortressed monastery of Panaghia Kyra Psili, dedicated to Virgin Mary and situated at a 6 km distance from the capital. Take the road to the village of Metochi and once there, engage into the road - gradually turning into a path that covers the remaining two kilometers to the gates of the monastery.

Built on a steep rock and set against a rather austere background, this complex features a church part of which has been carved into the rock. On festive days, most of the cells of the monastery are turned into guestrooms. Tradition has it that the building of this monastery was financed by a local, a certain Rousso who had, at childhood, been conscripted by force by the Ottomans and later rose to the ranks of pasha under the name of Gul Achmed. It was once as that man wandered through the streets of Kalymnos that the pasha reminisced over his Christian childhood, therefore motivated to look for his long-forgotten father - by then an old man - and to further finance the project of this monastery.

The Fort of Chryssocheria, built with the care of the Knights of Rhodes on the ruins of ancient and Byzantine constructions.

In the area of the village of Emporio, The remains of Kastri, a fort that once rose up on a steep hill. Still visible are parts of the Cyclopean walls and the main look-out tower.

In the surroundings of the village of Massouri, the remains of a Byzantine fortress, located at the site referred to as "the Kasteli". There is a romantic legend about the handsome prince of Kasteli and his love for the lovely princess having lived across the coast, in the fort of the isled of Telendos.

At Chorio, a Fort built by the Knights of Rhodes as a complement to the Byzantine fortifications already rising on the hill. Interestingly, this fort had been inhabited until the early 18th century. Nine small churches is what currently remains from the complex, scattered over the gray-stone hilltop.

On the islet of Telendos: the vestiges of a Byzantine Fort, within a 10 minute distance by boat and then on foot, on the islet's west coast. Still visible are parts of the wall as well as the sanctuary of the church of Aghios Constantinos.

Monasteries and Churches :
The Monastery of Analipsi (Ascension), 2.5 km to the northwest

The monasteries of Aghios Savvas and Aghii Pantes, within a 2 km distance to the south. Visitors are rewarded with a unique view on the port of Pothia.

The monastery of Aghia Ekaterini, at 1.5 km westwards from the village of Vothouni

At Panormos, the monastery of the Stavros (the Holy Cross) built on a high, steep hilltop, overlooking Kantouni; the cloister of Aghios Panteleimon, 1.5 km to the northeast, build on a promontory next to a pine-tree grove, overlooking Panormos and the surrounding area.

At Pothia. The church of Jesus Christ - a.k.a the Church of Sotir (Savior), much appreciated for its icon screen, authored by sculptor Yiannoulis Halepas from the island of Tinos. The icons and further hagiographical elements are the creations of local artists, notably Sakelaris Maglis, George Economou and Michael Alachouzos.
The church of St. Nicholas, at the port.

In Vathy: the Church of Panaghia Hosti, dedicated to Mary and featuring some unique pieces of hagiography.
The vestiges of a church outside Metochi, wherein lies the church of archangel Michael, lying against an ancient wall, dating from the 7th century AC. 

In the area of the village of Massouri: the churches of Aghios Ioannis and Panaghia, on top of a hill.
The church of Panaghia tou Kasteliou, built next to the ruins of a fortress, at a 2.5 km distance northwards, on the road to Arghinontas.

The church of Panaghia Galatiani, at a 5 km distance to the northeast, at the bay of Arghinontas.

At Myrties: the church of Ai-Yiannis tou Melitsacha (Saint John), featuring some interesting marble remains of an Doric temple. 

At Chorio, the church of Panaghia Kecharitomeni (Our Lady of the Graces), formerly a Greek Orthodox cathedral featuring a very interesting icon screen carved in wood. This is where Colettis, raised the Greek flag to announce that Kalymnos became part of the Greek Territory. The pillars within the church have been taken from the ancient temple of Apollo, the remains of which can still be seen outside the village.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Jerusalem, at 500 m. westwards, built on the remains of the temple of Kalydnaeos Apollo.

On the island of Telendos: the church of the Virgin and the ruins of the Byzantine church of Aghios Vassilios (still visible are parts of the sanctuary and the lateral sections).
The small church of Aghios Georghios (St. George) built out in the countryside, in a rocky area, just a breath away from the sea.

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