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Churches - Prefecture of Rodopi

In the Prefecture of Rodopi and particularly in Komotini, the Cathedral of Koimisi tis Theotokou, a three-aisled basilica built in the Byzantine fortress of the town is a typical sample of late 19th century church architecture and has interesting portable icons and a wood carved chancel. Furthermore, in the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Holy Diocese of Maroneia and Komotini, housed in the building which used to be the local Poorhouse (Imaret) during the Turkish occupation near the square dedicated to Chrysanthos, Archbishop of Greece, there is an exhibition of portable icons, sacred utensils and manuscripts dating back to the Post-Byzantine period. The Panaghia Faneromeni (or Panaghia tou Fatyrgiaka) monastery with its miraculous icon, located south of Komotini, heading to Fanari as well as the newly constructed monastery dedicated to Holy Maximus Kafsokalyvitis, north of Sostis, NW of Komotini, compose a route of religious visits. Finally, in Maroneia, south of Komotini, you should absolutely visit the churches dedicated to Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) and Koimisi tis Theotokou, two Post-Byzantine three-aisled basilicas comprising of exceptional portable icons and wood carved chancels.

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