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Galani, Serifos, Cyclades,South Aegean

Monastery of Taxiarches

  
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Monastery of Taxiarches
Location:
North of the village Galani, at the northern side of island Serifos in Cyclades
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Cyclades
Municipality > Town:
City of Serifos
• Galani
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 235 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
1572  
Post-BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Very Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A monastery in Serifos which was built in 1572. It is dedicated to the taxiarchs, i.e. the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. It was founded after the icon of the Archangels was brought to Serifos from Cyprus after the Ottoman conquest.

The taxiarchs became the patrons of the island and the monastery became very rich and the most important ecclesiastic foundation there.

The monastery was built like a fortress because of the pirates threat. The old entrance was 4 meters above the ground. The walls were thick and tall with few and small openings.


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The entrance is free but the monastery is not allways open. During summer, in the mornings, it is usually open.


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