Theoskepasti Chapel in Kalopanagiotis
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
143Trip End Feb 06, 2011
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The word 'Panagia' in Greek refers to Virgin the Mother of Jesus, and ‘Theoskepasti’ means Protected or Covered by God. Also Holy Virgin.
We are returning from the country-house of my friends, and we make a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Virgin.
It is a very old church built in the 12th century as an annex to the Lampadistis monastery for monks who desired further monastic isolation
Next to the church there is 600 year old oak tree. It is as if this huge oak camouflages the church for protection.
Inside the chapel Agni tries to light a vigil candle, and I notice that there are not many icons in the church. I am told that the 14th century icon of the Holy Virgin of Theoskepasti is kept in the Museum of Lampadistis.
The oak tree is really huge and the visitor will only notice it when he walks under the branches of the tree. One thing that I don’t agree is a custom that some people have to hang different pieces of cloth or handkerchiefs on the branches of the oak tree. It reminds me of idolatry.
It is out here that I tell my friends that I want to walk and come to the house on foot. So, my friends drive off, and I walk until I come to the house.