Panagia Kamariotissa

A short distance from the port of Kamariotissa, on Samothrace, is the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, where the image of Panagia Kamariotissa is kept.
According to the legend the image of Panagia Kamariotissa came from the sea during the iconoclastic period, somewhere around the 9th century AD. According to the same legend, the icon was found by some fishermen who were arranging their nets on the shore when they saw a glow in the sea. In order to satisfy their curiosity, the fishermen threw two boats into the water to reach the glow, which was simultaneously moving towards them. Eventually they found a silver box, in which was the icon of Panagia Kamariotissa.
Although initially they thought to hide it in a house, according to the legend, they finally placed the icon of Panagia Kamariotissa where they found it, “forty steps above the ruins of some Temple, they built a place like a throne for the Lady of Heavens”.
And since all these happened on the Thursday after the Sunday of Easter (Bright Thursday), the feast  in honor of Panagia Kamariotissa always takes place on that day.

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