A village built on a rise with a superb panoramic view. Each year around mid-August
in Markopoulo the snakes of the Panagia make their appearance. These are small
harmless snakes which have the sign of the cross on their heads. On the day of
the festival of the Panagia the snakes go into the church and up onto the silver
icon of the Virgin. Is it a miracle or a way station for the snakes as they make
their way to some place warmer? According to contemporary reports, in 1953, the
year of the big earthquakes, the snakes did not make their appearance. It is characteristic
that the snakes of the Panagia disappear on 15th August after the liturgy or after
the church festival.
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