Photo gallery Area 3 - Central Lesvos
AGIOS IGNATIOS LEIMONOS MONASTERY = The Monastery of Leimon is a men's convent, situated in the centre of Lesbos, at a 14 km distance from Kalloni, in a fertile basin. It was founded in Byzantine years and was inhabited until the occupation of the island by the Turks. The monastery was re-founded in 1526 by Saint Ignatios Agallianos, a significant personality who contributed in the rebirth of both education and the Church. At that time the well-known "Leimonias" school - which remained open until 1923 - functioned within the monastery's enclosure. The katholikon (main church) was built in 1526, at the time of the monastery's reformation and was repeatedly restored. It is a three-aisled basilica with the roof of the middle aisle higher than the other two and a double narthex. It is decorated with interesting wall paintings that date in the second half of the 16th and the first half of the 17th century. Worth mentioning is the wooden-carved gilded templon in the church's interior. Today in the monastery there is an important library with manuscripts and a vestry.
PANAGIA MYRSINIOTISSA LEIMONOS MONASTERY = An attractive road through a high mountain valley leads for 34km south of Karpenisi to the village of Prousos. To reach the 12th-century Moni Panagias Proussiotissas, home to a supposedly miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary, look for a taverna marked by a large wooden sign roughly 1km north. From alongside, a narrow gravel path drops 100m to the monastery parking area.
METOCHI - AGIOI ANARGYROI LEIMONOS MONASTERY = The colloquium took place in what was formerly a monastery on the island of Lesvos called Metochi. Metochi is actually an annex to a larger monastery called Limonos. The larger monastery is connected to Metochi via a 1.5 km hiking trail through the surrounding hills (see below for more details). Metochi has, in recent years, been taken over to some degree by Agder University in Norway (where LeRon works). Agder University updated the former monastery, modernized it, cleaned it up, and now largely runs it as a quasi-owned university extension site. Metochi still has other guests (no monks), but many of the people who visit Metochi are affiliated with Agder University.
AGIA PARASKEVI - Museum of Industrial Olive Oil of Lesvos =The Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos presents the industrial phase of olive-oil production in Greece. It focuses on the changes brought about by the introduction of mechanical motion on the process of olive-oil production and approaches the contribution of the region's inhabitants to the production process with sensitivity. Its objective is to showcase our industrial heritage in the sector of olive-oil production and incorporate it into the broader architectural, social and cultural context of the period
Ancient Temple of Messon = The Temple of Messa was built in the 4th Century BC and dedicated to the Gods Zeus, Dionysus and Hera. Later, in early Christian times a Byzantine church was built within the temple and the remnants can still be seen. History aside, this is one of the most beautiful and well kept archaeological sites you will find on Lesvos, or anywhere in Greece, in a quiet rural setting among farms and trees and flowers. To find it, if you are coming from Mytilini it is on your right just as you come down from the pine forest and reach the plains of Kaloni. If you are coming from Molyvos it is just past the turn off to Ancient Phyra, but on the left
Archaic Sanctuary of Apollo at Klopedi = Klopedi Sanctuary is located north - west of Agia Paraskevi and it’s one of the most representative examples of the Archaic architecture of Lesvos. The temple is, probably, dedicated to Apollo Napaeos and it was first built the 8th century BC, while it took its final appearance during the 6thcentury BC. Excavations revealed the remains of two Archaic temples. One of them, the biggest one, had high columns and peculiar Aeolian capitals which are exhibited today to the Archaeological Museum of Mytilini. This simple architecture is a common characteristic of the Archaic art not only in Lesvos, but also in many seaside towns of Asia Minor.
AGIA PARASKEVI - Kremasti bridge =The Bridge served an important road artery that linked the eastern part of Lesvos to the north and west. Legend has it that it was constructed during the 14th century however, comparative architectural historic research places it chronologically in the 16th century.
WATERFALL OF KLAPADOS = Waterfall of Klapados is well hidden in the woods surrounding the ruined village. In short, after turn left on the dirt road coming from the Kalloni to Petra before we arrived in the village, on the left we find a large clearing. After you park there, in the background there is a path that goes through the woods. As we begin to descend the side and approach the waterfall, the hum of the water becomes more intense and leads us to discover it. Its height is about 15 to 16 meters