Chrysocheria castle - Kalymnos island - 30/01/2010


Chrysocheria castle

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The Castle of Chrysocheria in Kalymnos: The castle of Chrysocheria lies on top of a hill that overlooks Chorio village, the ancient capital of Kalymnos. It is close to the cave of the Seven Virgins and was built by the Knights of the Order of St John, who ruled the island from the 14th to the 16th century. The objective of this construction was to fortify the city and protect it from possible conquerors and the invasions of pirates. This castle was inhabited until the 18th century.


Today, its interior still hosts the well-preserved church of Panagia Crysochera, which gives its name to the castle. This name means “our Lady with the golden hands”. The church was named after this because of the icon of Virgin Mary, in the interior of the church, which depicts Virgin Mary having hands covered with a golden leaf. A legend also says that a treasure of golden coins was once found under the floor of this church.

Furthermore, the church of Panagia Chrysochera also hosts some nice Byzantine frescoes. Apart from this church, we can find some other chapels within the castle, dedicated to other saints. On the west side of Chrysocheria castle, there are some ruined fortification walls and a coat of arms that belonged to a Genoan nobleman called Viniali. There are also the ruins of an ancient temple that used to lie in this area, the temple of the Twins.

11 comments:

  1. WOW, what a gorgeous scene and awesome photo. Well done! It is great that it is still in use by the church!

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  2. Beautiful photo, wonderful light!

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  3. Thank you for taking the time to comment!!!

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  4. this looks like such a remote part of greece, is this on the mainland?

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  5. Superb place! I love to visit that place one day!

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  6. This is something! Georgeous photo! I love it!

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  7. That is a really great photo of a beautiful old building in a dramatic landscape.

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  8. Can you imagine living mak in the times when this was built and fortified? Pirates? YIKES! But it makes total sense that pirates roamed the waters off Greece. I just had never thought of it before.

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  9. Love to see this kind of scenery, because of the history and it's beauty that lies with in. Thanks for sharing the information. Happy Sunday!


    Frozen delight

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