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Kalymnos Island Sightseeing

Kalymnos Island Sightseeing


Over the last years, the island of Kalymnos has gradually developed as a rock climbing destination. Its landscape is mountainous and the characteristic feature of Kalymnos is its many caves. The mountains on the northern side of the island and the neighboring island of Telendos are the most popular sites for rock climbing. Other interesting sightseeing in Kalymnos is the Monastery of Agios Savvas and the Medieval Castle of Chryssoheria. Visitors should also not miss a boat trip from the port of Myrties to the island of Telendos, a secluded place with naturist beaches.

The beautiful church of Agios Savvas is located on top of a hill, 2 km south of Pothia, so it offers an amazing view of the town and the port. It is made of stone in the shape of cross and has round domes.

Monastery of Agios Savvas

The Monastery of Agios Savvas is located on top of a hill above Pothia Town, the capital of Kalymnos. This lovely church is made of stone with red tiled roof and is dedicated to Agios Savvas, the patron saint of the island. Its location provides an excellent view of the town, the port, and the sea, while the beautiful monastery of Agioi Pantes is also located close by.

Saint Savvas the New was born in 1862 in Eastern Thrace with the name Vassilios. He took the name Savvas when he became a monk. During the last twenty years of his life, he lived in Kalymnos as a priest in the Monastery of Agioi Pantes (of All Saints). He was a great ascetic, iconographer and miracle-worker. He is one of the few recently recognized saints of the Orthodox Church.