Church of Panagia Portaitissa


One of the most beautiful churches of the Aegean, the church of Panagia Portaitissa, is located under the Castle, in Rodia area. It was named after the tree that existed in its enclosure. It was founded by saint Anthimos in the middle of the 18th century. It has a wood-carved iconostasis, gold-plated, unique in its kind. Tradition says that the image is a footprint from the icon of the monastery of Iveron on Mount Athos. The monks put on the wood and the image was imprinted on its own.

At its feast there is a free dinner for everyone, with the first dish of the island's specialties, the famous Labrianos, (a kid stuffed with rice and liver).


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