Trip Start May 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi or Kotsika.

This monastery took its name in rememberance of the vision of a monk from New Ephesus who around 1730 saw in his sleep an con of the Virgin Mary at the roots of a cedar tree (in the local dialect the cedar is called ' kotsika').

When he dug up the roots he actually found the icon and he gradually built a complete monastery around the old church.

The Monastery is surrounded by tall pine trees and cypress trees and there is a wonderful pine forest behind the grounds.

At the foot of the Monastery lies the beach of Mourtia.  Covered with greenery, it is perfect for solitary swimming.
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