In the lower part of the castle and on the southwest part and in a
grove consisting of pines and palm trees the church
of the miraculous Blessed Virgin Mary the Merciful is built in the place of
According to local tradition, an old lady, Maria Stathaki used to have dreams of the Blessed Virgin Mary leading her to the place of the «findings». In 1897, there was an excavation on that site where three statuettes of excellent artistic value and expression were found; that of the Crucified, the Blessed Vergin Mary and the Evangelist Loukas.
In the lower part of the church and in the crack of the huge rock where the statuettes were found there is a chapel which is called «EVRESIS» (=finding) while in the same place of the grove there is the room where the findings of the area are exhibited as well as the bust of the bishop Gregory Bisti and the metropolitan Daskalakis.
The church celebrates on the Friday after Easter, the Source of life,when a host of people go there from all over Messinia and the surrounding area and constitutes one of the most splendid religious celebrations in Messinia.
This text is cited Jan 2003 from the Messenia Prefecture Tourism Promotion Commission URL below, which contains image.
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