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Ayia Zoni (St. Zoni) Monastery
After a short ride from Vathy through the valley of Vlamari - with a real traffic jam of goats - we reached the settlement of Ayia Zoni with the fortified monastery. This is a rather impressive solid building, which was built in the year of 1695 by the Monk Meletios; according to a sign on the bell tower it was rebuilt in 1750.
Ayia Zoni is the oldest monastery on Samos and we were lucky we could take a look inside. In the middle of the courtyard with lots of lush green trees, decorated with ‘strange’ artificial flowers, are the bell tower and the church.
After entering we had to wait a couple of minutes before we could see something is this almost completely dark room. But once accustomed to the light we saw some wonderful original icons, frescoes and many ecclesiastic utensils
The monastery is still inhabited and just three monks live in this peaceful setting.
The island of Samos belongs to the N.E. Aegean Islands and is just about a mile off the Turkish coast.
It is a fairly small island with a coastline of approx 100 miles, the main town is the islands Capital Samos Town.
Less than 10 miles away from Samos Town is the islands main resort Pythagorean, this was our location for what turned out to be a very distressing holiday, which had to be curtailed due to the serious illness and subsequent death of my Dad.