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Religious figures biography (1)
During the period of Iconomachy, where many disturbances were taking
place, Saint Ephstratios, the so-called miracle-worker, possibly persecuted and
because he could not endure the seasickness anymore, he broke off his travel and
he disembarked in the island. A shepherd and his son were the only inhabitants
of the island. He found refuge in the cave, that today is called "Saint Ephstratios'
Cave". The approach in the interior of the cave is very difficult or even impossible,
after the earthquakes of 68's.
There is no evidence that the Saint has lived on the island until
the end of his life, but it is sure that the natives attributed to him an old
grave which was found at the island and its tombstone was surrounded in a wall
at the homonymous church, until the beginning of our century. However, it is said
that the Skull of the Saint is kept today in the Monastery
of Megisti Lavra of Mount
This text (extract) is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture
of Lesvos & Lemnos
Provincial Government tourist pamphlet.
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