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Cathedral of Agios Athanasios

Cathedral of Agios Athanasios: It is in the center of Mytilene, near the area of the southern port.

It was built during the end of the 16th century and it is a three-aisle cruciform basilica. It is dedicated to Agios Athanassios and in the church the relic of the new martyr Agios Theodoros of Byzantium -patron saint of the town - is kept ( he martyred in the year 1795 by the Turks ).

The fretwork iconostasis has been characterized as one of the most impressive works of post-Byzantine art ( constructed in 1738 ), while the holy icon of Jesus Christ is a wonderful Asia Minor relic painted during the 16th century. Also the belfry is one of Gothic architectural style and it is 33m. high.

 
Church of Agii Apostoli

Church of Ayii Apostoli (Saints Apostles): It is near the Cathedral and has been built in 1815. It has a worth noticing iconostasis and wonderful wall paintings.
At the garden there is a neoclassic building that belongs to the Metropolis of Mytilini and that is used as a religious-intellectual center.

 
Church of Agio Theodori

Church of Ayioi Theodori (Saint Theodore): It is the oldest church of Mytilini, built at the edge of the ancient town.

It has been built during the Byzantine period and has been reconstructed in the year 1759 with a three-aisle basilica architectural style after it had been destroyed by fire. In the internal we can see the oldest holy icon of Agios Theodoros the Byzantium - patrol saint of Mytilini - which represents the nine scenes of his martyrdom.

 
Church of Archangel Gabriel

Church of Archangel Gabriel: It is 6km at the southern of Mytilini, at the suburb of kayiani or Taxiarches. It was built in 1903 and it is the third building that has taken the place of the previous two.

It is of Byzantine architectural style, cruciform with a Gothic dome. The whole roof of the church has been covered with artistic crosswise vaults decorated with plasterworks. Slabs of white marble cover the floor and in the middle there is a curved two-headed eagle ( symbol of the Byzantine Empire ).

The iconostasis and the Metropolite throne - kept from the previous church - are fretwork pieced of art and they belong to the beginning of the 18th century. The church is full of impressive holy icons and wall paintings.

On yearly basis numerous pilgrims visit the church. The view from the garden that surrounds it, is fantastic as it faces the port of Mytilene and the Aegean Sea.

 
Church of Saint Andrew

The tiny Church of Saint Andrew in Skala Eressos sits on a quiet shaded road next to the cathedral of Saint Andrew and the ruins of the ancient basilica of the same name. The saint himself, whose body lay in repose for many years until returned to his native Crete in the nineteenth century, died in a shipwreck off the coast of Eressos.

The church is also next to the archeological museum. There are many churches around the island which celebrate on the name days of their patron saints. If you ask in the town you are staying in they will tell you when these festivals (panagiris) take place. Some of the more remote villages have interesting festivals with aspects that seem to have remnants of pagan times.

Some festivals have horse races as part of the festivities and attract all sorts of people selling anything from icons to bootleg pop music CD's. The bigger festivals put up posters around the island.

 
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