samothrace – Churches of Samothrace

According to tradition, the churches of Samothrace are 999. The visitors will see mostly Byzantine churches, many of which are dilapidated, but standing for hundreds of years as witnesses of the religious traditions of the ancient island.
The most important of the churches of Samothrace and the religious monuments of the island are:
• The Shrine of Apostle Paul, a monument to the Apostle who spent there the first night of his European tour.
• The Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Chora , where the skulls of the Five Neomartyrs are kept and
Agia Paraskevi of Samothrace, with the famous festival under the plane trees
Remnants from paleochristian basilicas of the churches of Samothrace have been randomly found both in Kamariotissa, during the construction of the new church of Panagia Kamariotissa, and in Paleopoli, next to the archaeological site  which is considered the most important of Samothrace.
At a short distance from the village Therma  lie the remains of the Late Byzantine church of Christ, another one from the churches of Samothrace that is considered a Byzantine monument of the island.
At the location of Mandal’ Panagia, 3 km. outside the village Prophitis Ilias, excavations at an outdoor ancient temple revealed the remains of a chapel of the Middle Byzantine period, considered one of the oldest churches ruins of Samothrace

  • Towers of Samothrace (Gateluzzi towers)

    The Gateluzzi Towers of Samothrace were named so after the Genoese conquerors who built them at various points for the fortification of the island.

  • Traditional Dishes

    When looking for traditional dishes of Samothrace, check out goat in the oven, manti, chaslama and mirabelle plums.

  • Feasts

    The ten most important feasts in Samothrace begin on 18th of January and end in mid-August.

  • Folklore Museum of Samothrace

    The Folklore Museum of Samothrace showcases a typical house of the early 20th century, with furniture and the personal belongings of the local residents.

  • The Sanctuary of the Great Gods

    The Sanctuary of the Great Gods is the most important archaeological site of Samothrace, with impressive monuments. This is where the Mysteries of the Cabeiri took place.

  • Nike of Samothrace

    Nike of Samothrace was discovered in 1863 at the archaeological site of Paleopolis and is one of the most famous works of Greek art of the ancient times.

  • Archaeological site of Paleopoli

    Palaeopoli of Samothrace is the ancient city of the island and is located right next to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.

  • Archaeological Museum of Samothrace

    In the Archaeological Museum of Samothrace one can admire all the archaeological treasures of the island, as well as a cast of Nike of Samothrace.

  • The shrine of Apostle Paul

    The shrine of Apostle Paul was built in 2007, in order to commemorate the night he spent on the island of Samothrace, in the beginning of his tour through Europe.

  • Panagia Kamariotissa

    The icon of Panagia Kamariotissa was found in the sea and is celebrated on Bright Thursday.

  • Panagia Krimniotissa

    The chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa is built literally on the edge of the cliff at the southern part of Samothrace, near the beach of Pachia Ammos.

  • Monastery of Agios Athanasios

    In the village Alonia you will find the Monastery of Agios Athanasios of Samothrace, a dependency of the Monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos.

  • Assumption of Virgin Mary of Samothrace

    The Assumption of Virgin Mary of Samothrace is the largest church in Chora, where the skulls of the Five Neomartyrs are kept.

  • Agia Paraskevi of Samothrace

    Agia Paraskevi of Samothrace lies in the northern part of the island. Every year, on July 26th, a festival is held under the plane trees.

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