The Church of the Virgin Mary

The Church of the Virgin Mary

The Church of the Virgin Mary
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Let me start my review with the texts that I wasn't able to provide in my request to change the location of Panagia. First of all, it was in the wrong place on the map. Now, I replaced it in the right spot. Since we visited Ancient Asine and this chapel regularly, year by year, following the progress of the restoration, believe me, we know where it is.
Here are some quotes fro my research. "Chapel of the Virgin Mary inside the archaeological site of the ancient Lower City State of Asini in the Argolis Regional Unit of Greece." “This site is the acropolis of the ancient city-state Asine (Asini in modern Greek pronunciation). It occupies a promontory about a kilometer from the north edge of Tolo and is called also Kastraki by the locals.” So, as it says, it is about a kilometer from the north edge of Tolo, therefore can't be in Tolo. This wrong location also applies to Asinin Te Tavern, that is opposite the church and next to the fence of the Archeological site. Asinin Te also listed in between the restaurants of Tolo, but actually it is in Asini. And now, my review.
In 2016 I already reviewed this church, only that time I didn’t know its name, and also didn’t recognise, that Tripadvisor listed it. This little chapel is soo charming that I immediately fell in love with it, and wanted other travelers, to have the same delightful experience visiting this hidden gem. Since it is in Ancient Asine, when I reviewed that place, it was a possibility to mention Panagia as well. Since that time I published some photos, now I just took a few of them but tried to retrieve and attach my old ones as well with no success. If it were a person, I would call it photogenic, with its lot of paintings, icons, chandelier, and its all-encompassing tranquility.
I have to take off my hat in front of the Greek government, or whoever is responsible for this great job that they did in this archeological site, and that we excitedly followed year by year during our regular vacations. In this year a new addition appeared, a room next to the church, where you can see a free video about the very eventful history of Tolo, from 5000 BC, till the current time. Panagia, The Virgin is still a working church. When we were leaving a gentleman arrived, obviously to pray to the Mother of God, in this peaceful, quiet relaxing chapel.
Written 18 August 2019
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jmeem42016
Dee Why, Australia815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
When I first saw this listing and recognised the photo which seems nearly identical to one my lady took years ago, I thought the first reviewer is confused about where Tolo stops and Ancient Asinni starts, and she is not alone. We just walked the 1.5 km from the Solon Hotel in Tolo to Ancient Asinni this morning and I can attest to the fact there is an "end Tolo" sign (Tolo crosse out) before you get to the Red Rock bar which is before you get to the parking lot of Ancient Assini also the Te Asini restaurant. We first visited this church in 2013 and we've been back pretty much every year since as despite their financial woes the government is constantly upgrading Ancient Asinni as a tourist attraction. For example, in the past year they've added a video theatre where you can watch about 15 minutes of a video in English or Greek on the excavations, what happened to the site in WW II, etc. The Church is still a hidden gem and I only wish it were more secure but its worth a few minutes and the whole site is worth at least an hour starting with the video so you appreciate how many layers of history exist in such a small place.
Written 9 August 2019
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Amanda C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
A beautiful small church on the top of the crick, with brethtaking seaview on the one side and ancient discoveries on the otherside.
Written 3 October 2016
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