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Churches of Kos

"Paleo Pili” which is in ruins today, lies on a hill on the southeast of the village in an exceptional natural environment. It has got three churches: St. Antonios, the Church of Taxiarches and the Church of the Virgin Mary Ipapanti, which was in the past the “Kastriano Monastery” and was founded by the Saint Chistodoulos. From these three churches the Church of the Virgin Mary Ipapanti is of most interest as remains of hagiography of the 14th century are preserved, a sculpted wooden icon screen and ancient pillars which evidently were transferred from the nearby sanctuary of Demeter.

In Mastichari there are relics of an Old Christian Basilica of the 5th century with exceptionally preserved mosaics which cover the surface of around 400 sq m. In Antimacheia in the Medieval castle two post Byzantine churches are preserved.
In Asfendiou there is a church of Asomaton Taxiarchon of the 11th century with a fine icon screen as well as an Early Christian Basilica of St. Paul outside of the village. Even on top of Mount Dikeos, which was called “Oromedon” in ancient times- there is a small church of Christ with a wonderful view.

In Lagoudi there is an especially picturesque church of St. John the Theologian built amongst the rocks.

In Kardamaina there is an Old Christian Basilica of St. Theotitas. Finally, rich in significant churches is the area of Kefalos with its ruins of Old Christian Basilicas of St. Stephanos with mosaic floors and pillars which are dated to the 6th century. We also find churches, such as the Church of the Virgin Mary Palatiani in Palatia, the Virgin Mary Ziniotissa, St. Mamos, St. Theologos and St. John all with an exceptional view of the land around and sea.

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