KALYMNOS (Town) DODEKANISSOS
The mountain top Fortress at Hora, the island's ancient capital. This was established as a fortress in the Byzantine period and was occupied until the 18th century. Now, just nine chapels remain standing. Open Monday - Sunday 08.00 - 20.00.
The ruins of the Church of Christ of Jerusalem, located between Hora and Panormos, are on one of the oldest sites in Kalymnos. The church was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Apollo, god of light and music and the defining deity of Kalymnos. His lyre remains to this day the island's proud symbol.
The Citadel of the Knights is on a steep rock just inland from Pothia. It was built by the Knights of St John and the chapel of the Virgin, within its walls, is on the site of an ancient temple. The citadel overlooks three ruined windmills and has great views of both Pothia and the central part of the island.
The monastery of St Panteleimon at Panormos is situated in pine forests on a steep mountainside. Its tiny yet charming church, dedicated to the healing saint, is built into the rock but has no door. Three times a door was installed and three times, as the story goes, the door was blown away with force because the saint wanted a clear view out to sea and the burial place of his mother.
This text is cited Febr 2004 from the Municipality of Kalymnos URL below, which contains images.
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