Churches of Volissos

In the settlement of Volissos there are several churches, most of which date back to the 18th century: Agios Georgios, the Taxiarch in Pythona, Christ, the Dormition and Agios Minas. In the wider area of Managro there are eight churches, which have been declared Historical Preservable monuments: Agia Marina, Agia Paraskevi, Agios Georgios, Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St John the Baptist), the Agioi Apostoloi of Psellos, the Presentation of the Virgin Mary, the Taxiarch and the Transfiguration. The large number of churches in the area is justified by the fact that in the past there was a special ecclesiastical authority, the Exarchate of Volissos, Pyrgi and Psara.

Volissos area delectates the vicinity with the monastery of Agia Markella (5 kilometers to the west), place of Saint’s torment, is the great pilgrimage of Chios people (and not only) which takes place on 22 July every year.

Today in Volissos there are three parish churches:

• The church of Sotira Christou: It is located at Hori district. In its sanctuary there are the holy remains of saints that Volissians clerics transferred from the Monastery of Moundon. It is dated back in 1750.

• The church Kimiseos Theotokou: It is located at Pithonas district. It was renovated twice in 1835 and in 1885. The pebble made mosaic in its court is marvelous.

• The church of Agios Georgios Koutoudioti: It is located at Pirgos district. In earlier times there was a smaller temple which demolished in order to be built the modern one in 1895. There are holy remains of Saints inside the temple.

At Vasilica, outside the village, is located the temple of Agios Georgios Vasilicon. It has an impressive facework of stone pillars, arches and an octagonal cupola. The temple is built with red and white stones. Next to the temple there is the remains of its tower. The semi domes and crenellations are very distinct in our days. Around the church there was the medieval Vasilica settlement.

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