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The monastery of Panagia Spiliani (The Virgin Mary of the Cave)in Pythagorio, offers a spectacular views on the ancient ruins of the old town of Pythagorio and the nearby Turkish coast. 95 steps lead down into a huge cave with a cave church inside, dedicated to Virgin Mary. It contains an old tile icon called Panagia Kaliarmenissa (the good traveller). This name is explained by the following legend. Some strangers stole the icon and took it to their home town, but when taking it out of the boat, the icon fell into the sea and broke into five pieces. After a long time the icon returned to Samos island, carried by the sea. The inhabitants were pleased to put it back to its old position.

The monastery was founded in 1836. As all the other monasteries I have seen in Greece, this one also had a splendid view from above to the world below, a beautiful place for meditation.
I have only seen one monk in Spiliani, and he was of the modern type. I saw him twice, once with his cellphone on his ear with his flying habit, and the second time behind the steering wheel of a very new Renault Megane. No more donkeys for this monk ;-)

Thanks Jenny, for the title ;-)

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