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Devotion to the Virgin Mary (Panagia)

A key objective of the project was to involve local organisations and institutions in the region’s sustainable development and so we devised two cultural routes. The first cultural route is entitled “Devotion to the Virgin Mary” and offers the visitor, or pilgrim, an imaginary journey into a past time and place. The Monasteries along the route are devoted to the Virgin Mary and to the 19th century Churches where the area’s past cultural objects are preserved. However, it is important to note that places of worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary (i.e. Churches, Chapels) exist in most settlements of the Tzoumerka region as everywhere else in Greece. Its religious and now secular celebration is on August 15th (i.e. the Dormiton of the Theotokos) and even today’s celebrations are just as rich in worship. Such celebrations are also recreational and cultural. They solidify and renew social relationships. The figure of the Virgin Mary is adored. It’s considered as the ultimate form of motherhood and instills a sense of sacrifice and strength in a mother’s values. In this rugged place the Virgin Mary, as the Mother of Jesus, has always been the religious figure where man finds refuge, understanding and protection. For this reason, a devotion to the Virgin Mary has always existed and her representation is a sign of gratitude and honor for the local population.

This cultural route also includes other features of local cultural heritage. These features, while inevitably part of the main route, are also evidence of a strong and actively engaged mountainous community that flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. Within the region’s wider society and culture, people started to produce local products and in due course turned their local economy into a commercial one. Complementing the route are magnificent views from the settlements of Syrrako, Kallarytes and Matsouki where this socio-cultural vitality is evident.

Also worth noting is that the cultural routes on the digital map assist the visitor to move from one place to the next by car using the current road network. The digital map also includes the old roads and routes that people used in the past for their commutes.

Pilgrims, or simply visitors with cultural interests, either local or foreign, will begin to experience the past as real.

The cultural route is split into the following sub-routes. Also available in pdf:
P1: The Holy Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Palaiochori Syrrako
P2: The Holy Church of The Presentation of Mary in Syrrako
P3: The Holy Monastery of Kipina on route from Prossilio to Kalarrytes
P4: The Holy Monastery of Vyliza in Matsouki
P5: The Holy Monastery of the Presentation of Mary in Melissourgoi
P6: Zoodochos Pigi (or Faneroeni) Holy Church in Agnanta
P7: Chrisospiliotissa Holy Monastery in Gouriana
P8: Evangelistria Holy Monastery in Kipseli
P9: Panagia Vella Holy Monastery in Voulgareli
P10: Panagia Mouchoustiotissa Holy Monastery also known as the Monastery of Plaka in Mouchousti
P11: Faneromeni Holy Monastery on route to Fortosi
P12: Faneromeni Holy Church and Holy Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kalentzi
P13: Tsouka Holy Monastery on route to Elliniko
P14: The Holy Church of the Assumption in Elliniko