The monastery of Panagia that is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Life-giving Spring) is situated in an idyllic place, at the northwest end of Rhodes, on the hill of Philerimos, at an altitude of 260 metres.
The acropolis of Ialysos and the ancient temple of Athena pre-existed in this place. The latter was converted into a Christian temple in the 5th century AC. Only the baptistery is saved from there. The newer ecclesiastical complex was built by the Knights and was restored in its current form by Italian archaeologists.
The route of Martyrdom or “Via Dolorosa” that is situated next to the monastery is something no visitor can ever forget. It is the stoned road underneath the shade of the trees, with the 134 levels which look like steps where Christ’s sufferings are represented with the use of copper engravings and altars on one of its sides. Along the route, you will see many peacocks.
At the end of the route, a gigantic 18m high Cross rises proudly. In the interior of the Cross there is a round staircase which leads to the horizontal part of the Cross where you are offered an exciting, panoramic view of the entire island that is especially magnificent during the sunset.
Inside the monastery there is a stoned, gothic church of Panagia Philerimos and a small underground church of Saint George of Hostos that dates back to the pre knight era (14th -15th century). In this, there are rare frescoes. The Doric fountain is remarkable, a 3,000 years old work that brings water from the top of the hill in a tank carved on the rock.
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