THE MONASTERIES IN EASTERN PAIKO
The Monasteries in eastern Paiko are special places of religious worship and are worth visiting:
Holy Monastery of Panagia Goumenissa.
The Holy Monastery of Panagia Goumenissa with the homonymous miraculous icon of Panagia, functions as a male convent and as a holy place of pilgrimage.
It is the seat of the Holy Diocese of Goumenissa, Axioupolis and Polykastro.
In the first years of its operation it was catholic and was granted to the Monastery of Iveron on Mount Athos in 1346 AD, while it was the reason for the founding of the city of the same name. The miraculous icon of Panagia Goumenissa is honored 4 times a year:
- Candlemas 2nd of February with vigil
- The First Sunday of March with litany
- The third day of Easter with litany
- The three-day of 15(holiday of assumption day),16 & 17 (holiday metastasis of Panagia).
Contact number: 23430 43363
Holy Monastery of Agios Raphael
The moment when the traditional religion meets the grandeur of nature! In the area of Griva, at an elevation of 600 meters, in a fabulous natural environment of Paiko mountain, is placed the holy monastery of Agios Raphael, Nikolaos and Irene, having as view the breathtaking valley of Axios. The male monastery was established in 1992.
In the monastery are kept the holy relics of Saint Raphael, Nikolaos, Irene, Saint Maria Magdalini and a small piece of true cross.
The monastery is open from 7am until sunset.
Contact number: 23.430-20.270, FAX: 23.430-20.271
Holy commune of Agios Nikodimos
A glebe of the holy monastery of Simonos Petras, with an impressive aspect that was established in 1981 in working condition with Mount Athos loyalty. The central temple is double and its upper level is dedicated to Agios Nikodimos, while its ground level is dedicated to Agios Raphael, Irene and Nikolaos. Its hagiography area is well- known for the exceptional graven images.
Retreat of Agios Georgios, Anydro. Female.
The holy retreat of Agios Georgios, established in 1991 belongs to the Metropolis of Goumenissa, even though it’s not part of the municipality of Paionia. In the retreat there are 10 nuns. It is located in the ruins of Anydros deserted settlement, in a quiet area, by having as a landmark the old temple of Agios Georgios.In the small church that dates back to the middle of the 19th century, a remarkable Byzantine decoration is preserved with wood carvings, frescoes and icons of the time on the iconostasis and the roof.