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Amidst the green of the Argolic earth and the blue of the Saronic
Gulf, well protected on its own smaller gulf of Epidavros, with the scent
from the valley’s orange blossoms meeting the sea breeze in its picturesque
and friendly port, and with the pines descending its slopes to offer their shade
to its beautiful beaches, Ancient Epidavros, traditional yet modern, both tranquil
and cosmopolitan, is always ready to welcome travelers no matter the season.
Midway along the east coast of the Argolid
district, easy to reach whether by road via the Corinth
Canal or Nafplion or by
sea aboard a Flying Dolphin from Piraeus,
with its houses spread out amphitheatrically from the sea inland, the little town
is built on the site of the ancient city-state of Epidavros,
near the Sanctuary of Asklepios and the ancient theatre, which attract thousands
of visitors every day.
Quiet, pleasant people, occupied in fishing, tending the orange groves,
and tourism, a mild climate, beautiful surroundings and a sound infrastructure
provide the framework for what today’s tourist wants: a pleasant stay, recreation
by the sea yet close to greenery, opportunities for all kinds of entertainment
and the chance to sightsee the vicinity.
The text is cited March 2004 from the Municipality
of Epidavros tourist pamphlet.
It is the oldest monastery
of Epidavros. It is located at the eastern limits of the municipality
of Epidavros, next to the motorway Korinthos-Epidavros.
The name of this monastery probably came from the Greek ancient word "agnous"
meaning osier, a plant, that is plentiful in the local area and next to the lake.
But there is another explanation about the name of the monastery, which takes
precedence and a local muse is recorded, speaking about the local monasteries:
"at Stiri supported, at Agnada watching, at Fanairomeni revealed and at the Cave
According to the prevailing opinion, the temple is a building of the
11th century but the monastery pre-existed, without fail, in the Turkish age.
The monastery is well guarded and is surrounded by high walls and
powerful towers and small turrets. From the saved buildings we have a clear option
of the four side-building group which rose up around the restricted internal guard.
A double wooden door of 6-7cm thick supported by iron metal plates secures the
main entrance. The rhythm of the temple is complicated internally. It is royalty
style, with dome and outdoor looks cross-formed. Is a mixture of the royal style
with dome and Byzantine architecture.
The most important factor is that all the icons are in fine condition.
It is believed that these icons are from circa 1250 AD. Finally the retable of
the temple is 300 years old.
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