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“those bells kept waking me so alarm clock not needed”

Church of Christ in Chains (Christos Elkomenos)
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Monemvasia
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

Great place to visit however if your staying close by take some ear plugs if your a light sleeper, cause you will require them, dam if i only knew i would of packed some.

Thank Kris M
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Nothing special here. This place is obsolete due to the citadel as a whole. You can say it us nice and medieval but it is a simple adornment.

Thank Minos F
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Not the most interesting visit in Monemvasia. Still it is a nice church from the outside located right in the middle of town

Thank Jose G
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

At the center of the castle there is a white temple with spectacular views and a cannon in front of it. This church bears the name Christ Elkomenos and from what we have learned is the only church in Greece with this name, which comes from the verb peas that in the ancient meaning of storm, fetch.

Inside the church there is a special area where the homonymous image is kept under draconian security measures. The reason is that about 35 years ago and a rainy night, the picture was stolen by antiquities. And do not imagine the picture is small. It's a little smaller than a door. So to be able to take it out of the church, they cut it in 4-5 pieces. It was found a few months later and was kept in the Byzantine Museum since its rehabilitation, while in Monemvasia it turned 32 years later after many years of efforts by the Metropolitan and after the necessary guarantees for its security were given. These guarantees concerned the special cabin in which the image is stored and costing over 200,000 euros. In order to enter the cabin, the person in charge of the temple must enter the special code and there are cameras that scan the image every 2 seconds. A! And do not make the mistake of touching the glass. It is alarming.

The value of the image, which is invaluable, was confirmed by the archaeologist of the region who gave us a mini tour and gave us information not only about its image and adventure, but also about the art of hagiography. It is one of the most important and larger images of the Paleologian period and has been characterized as the most important crucifixion in a portable image.

It presents a scene of the unclean Passion and specifically that immediately after the death of Christ. In the center is Christ with eyes closed, as opposed to other images that want him with eyes half-open. It surrounds 2 symmetrical circles. On the left, the Virgin Mary with the Myrrhors, while on the right John with the centurion behind him. At the top there is the inscription "The King of Glory" while at the base a cave with Adam's skull inside it.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

This church is hard to miss, because it is in the main square in Monemvasia. I did not go inside, so I can't speak to that, but the outside is stunning. The 360 view in the square is amazing. Monemvasia and all of its buildings are so charming!

Thank Fuchsiagrl
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