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“Location of the ancient water oracle dedicated to Apollo”
Review of St. Valsamitis

Reviewed 7 October 2013

This Monastery is alive now with sister Irini welcoming everyone with a smile.
Every Saturday morning there are services, following by a community breakfast,
The whole feeling and atmosphere is unique. Everyone should visit when visiting Amorgos.

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Hidden in the Amorgian mountains,this small monastery gains you from the first time.
It shines super white under the sun, its small garden is lovely and the inside wall iconography are old and precious.
Warm and sincere welcoming from the lady has the care of the monastery (as the nun was in Hozoviotissa that day) touched us.
Everyone is invited in 'trapeza' (dining room) for raki, sweet and cold water before leaving.

1  Thank erijon
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

During our walk Katapola - Chora we stopped at this monastery and got a guided tour and something to eat and drink. The monastery is small. A visit doesn't take more than half an hour

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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Many years ago I met this artist DIna in the small village of Lagada in Aigiali (Aigiali is probably the nicest port in Greece!). This summer we passed by - like every year - the church of Giorgos Balsamitis a little bit south of Chora. And to our very big surprise the church ground also had turned into a monastry area. The building connected to the churhwas now a monastery for nuns again - 257 years after the last nun died! And the very best part is that the nun who lived there was in fact Dina - who now had the name Irini since she was re-baptised - and she had moved in after 5 years of mental and religous preparations.
I strongly recommend a visit there, and she speaks very good English. She has a good story :-).

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

AN ORTODOX CHURCH INSTEAD A PAGAN TEMPLE

No doubt, there was an altar here, on the place of a spring considered to be the oracle of Amorgos Island. Christians of the island built here a church, protected by San George (Agios Gheorgios Valsamitis), in the past, because they appropriated their ancestors’ spring. The ancient spring is still here, in the southern corner of the first room of the church. The legend says that pagan people of Yperia (the ancient name of Amorgos Island) used to come and ask the spring when they had to decide something very important. If the spring water were becoming unclear, the decision had been considered wrong and abandoned. This monastery is absolutely beautiful and interesting, at the same time, because it is a typical replacement of a Christian church instead of a pagan temple. Praying to Jesus Christ and to His Holy Mother, Christians transformed the spring oracle in healing water. “Valsamitis” is the Greek name of a healing plant which grows around the monastery.
The church is a marvelous monument of Byzantine architecture, full of precious icons and Liturgical objects.
The monastery is open again, nowadays, after an important restoration. The name of the nun who is living at Agios Gheorgios Valsamitis is Irene. A wonderful person! For anyone who arrived at Amorgos Island, a visit to Agios Gheorgios Valsamitis will be a unique moment.

Luiza Barcan

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