Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli
Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli
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The_Running_Tenor
Croydon, UK291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Rhodes Old Town is amazing, but we found Lindos underwhelming. What we wanted was a bit more history and a bit less tourist attraction so after the excellent Ancient Kamiros, we headed into the hills taking the scenic route home. Agios Nikolaos is on the map but our guide book just talked of blurry frescoes.

The small church (no more than a chapel really) is off to the side of a very quiet road next to a children's playground with some toilets and wild goats roaming around.Opposite the church there is a small parking area and a water fountain next to an olive tree.

The church has that classic Orthodox cruciform shape with a domed roof. Inside, it is almost completely covered in frescoes. Yes they are not in perfect condition but most are clear and the colours are not faded. It's very atmospheric, absolutely free of charge (but hopefully you'll want to donate generously) and we had it to ourselves.

A good example of why it's sometimes worth taking the scenic route home; you never know what you'll find. Even if you find nothing of interest, the scenery alone is worth the trip and it will only cost you some fuel.
Written 18 September 2019
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
It’s a small 14/15 century church with surprisingly intact wall paintings from the same period. Worth the short diversion from the main road. Free and open all day.
Written 16 October 2020
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Nathan M
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
I didn't know this little church even existed until we came to it via a jeep safari. It contains museum quality frescos that normally the crowds are kept well away from. The frescos had more detail than I thought they would, but maybe it was because I was able to walk right up to them and observe them very closely. I do want to warn people that just because there are no museum attendants watching you, be very careful not to breathe on or touch these enduring works of art. It would take very little to damage these 700 year old masterpieces.

Also interesting is the damage caused by the Turks during their occupation of the island. Since it was against their religion to have images such as these, they dug out the faces of some of the people, but not all, there is still plenty to enjoy, especially the sweet young face of the daughter of the man who built the church, found between her brothers who died young of disease (she survived).

Outside of this historical little church is an olive tree that is said to be over 1000 years old. The old tree is immense and easily looks to be 1000 years old. Nearby is another tree that is supposedly almost as old. I enjoyed the small fountain with water that is supposed to lengthen your life. I drank some, it was refreshing and had a minerally taste to it.

This church is definitely off the beaten track, but it you want to get right next to history, this is an excellent option. Please be sure to make a donation while you are there.
Written 15 May 2015
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A J
Stevenage, UK150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Visited this week as part of an island tour. High in the mountains and very remote. Tiny old church. Beautiful frescos. Gardens and trees around with lovely views. Local producer selling wares. Small fountain and very old olive tree out front. So peaceful.
Written 20 May 2019
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pecanpie2205
Essex, UK1,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This was the last part of our organised sightseeing day trip and well worth the stop.

Well off the beaten track, the Byzantine Church is very small but charming never the less.

There is no admission fee to the church but donations are welcome.

Inside is beautiful. The frescos are very detailed and you can get up close and personal. It is worth noting that worship still takes place.

Some of the frescos were damaged, deliberately by the Turks during their occupation of the island, but this did not take away the beauty of the church.

There are several very old oak trees next to the church as well as olive tree that our guide told us was over 1000 years old; it was a big old boy for sure.

There is also a small fountain with natural spring water that you can drink from and that they say will lengthen your life.

Well worth a visit.
Written 14 May 2016
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H C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful little church with exceptional paintings from the 15th century!
But urgent need for restoration.
Exceptional
Written 12 October 2023
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,373 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is located between Campochiaro and Mussolini’s villa. We spotted it as we drove between the two. There was a man cleaning it with his hose and a smell of bleach but not enough to mask the traditional aroma of candles.
Written 4 August 2023
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Brianngog
Cyprus10,719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We paid a brief visit to St.Nikolaos Church as part of our Island Tour and what a lovely Historical Church this one is. Our guide provided us a]with a great History of the Old Place and its well worth a visit.
Written 15 July 2023
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annajim2016
Rhodes Town, Greece564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is a beatutiful little church, with no doubt loads of history. Off the beaten track but it is well worth the drive to see. A must when visiting the island of Rhodes.
Written 22 April 2022
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Steve M
Perranporth, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Great little stop in the forests in the hillside, natural spring encased in marble in lay-by opposite the church, water tastes great, very different from what you expect. Local farmers sell their olive oil, cheeses, honey and fruit and veg. from their vans and trucks nearby.
Written 24 October 2019
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