Agios Sozon ~ Other Notable Icons

Saint Irene Icon dated 1919 found inside Agios Sozon

Saint Irene Icon dated 1919 found inside Agios Sozon

Silver Icon of Christ found inside Agios Sozon

Silver Icon of Christ found inside Agios Sozon

 

The icon of Saint Irene is dated 1919 and the Icon of Christ is hammered silver metal.

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#2 Agia Paraskevi Church of Myrina

Hiking up to Kastro (the Castle) we come to the Agia Paraskevi Church of Myrina set into the side of the rocky fortress. The plaque outside of the front entrance is dated 1925. The little Church has an excellent view of the Limani (bay) and a short hike above Agia Paraskevi is a bar café with an excellent view.

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina located on the Limani at base of Kastro (castle)

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina located on the Limani at base of Kastro (castle)

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina ~ Entrance

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina Dated 1925

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina dates back to 1925

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina ~ Location

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina located on the Limani at Kastro (Castle)

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina located on the Limani at Kastro (Castle)

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina ~ Iconostasis

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina Iconostasis

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina Iconostasis

Often times the Churches of Limnos are closed and require special holidays or permission for entry. This was the case with Agia Paraskevi so we took photos by holding the camera lens tight to the front door glass. Sometimes this is effective, sometimes there is too much glare, in this case the results are not too bad.

Agia Paraskevi of Myrina ~ Overlook

 

Overlook from Kastro at Myrina

Overlooking Myrina from Kastro

Behind Agia Paraskevi Church of Myrina is the ancient site of Kastro (Castle). The Medieval Castle of Myrina in Lemnos: The impressive Castle of Myrina is a Byzantine fortification positioned on the highest point above Myrina Town, the capital of Lemnos island. The construction of this castle was commanded in 1186 AD by the Byzantine emperor Andronicus Komnenos, on the site of an earlier ancient fortification. The constrcution of the castle was continued by the Venetians in the 13th century, when they conquered the island. The Castle of Myrina took its present form in 1207-1214, by the Venetian Filocalo Navigajiosi, the Great Duke of Lemnos.

During the Ottoman rule, the Turks lived inside the castle, where you can see today the remains of a mosque. In 1770, serious damages were caused to the castle by the Russian fleet who had tried to free Myrina from the Turks. The Castle of Myrina has one entrance to the east side, the only point which connects it to the land. Inside the walls, there are cisterns, remains of houses and an underground vaulted room. Today, this castle is uninhabited, but it is the refuge of some 200 deers. The locals provide them with food and water. To go to the castle, you walk a path for about 20 minutes.

“Byzantine Castle.” Greeka.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 June 2014. <http://www.greeka.com/eastern_aegean/lemnos/lemnos-excursions/myrina-castle.htm

#1 Agia Paraskevi at Tigani

 

Agia Paraskevi

Agia Paraskevi at Tigani

The holy and glorious Virgin Martyr Saint Paraskevi (also Paraskeva) was arrested during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (r. A.D. 138-161) under the penalty of refusing to worship idols and adhering to the state pagan religion. After enduring many tortures, she was eventually released by the emperor, continuing to profess Christ. She was eventually tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor Tarasius in the year 180. The Church commemorates her on July 26. St Paraskevi has the intercessional ability to help people with visual ailments. Many healing miracles occurred as a result of St Paraskevi’s divine intervention. It is said that that merely coming in contact with he dirt of her grave faithful, crippled could walk, demonized would return to health and that the infertile would bear children. Most importantly St Paraskevi healed the blindness of the roman emperor Antoninus Pius while she was in a heated cauldron. Her merciful disposition to her tormentor has made her an intercessor Saint for the healing of eye ailments.

“Paraskevi.” OrthodoxWiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2014. <http://orthodoxwiki.org/Paraskevi