The monastery of the virgin ypseni

The monastery of the virgin ypseni
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The monastery of the virgin ypseni

In the southeastern side of the island, 50 kilometers from the center of Rhodes, is located the monastery of the Virgin Ypseni or Gypseni.

According to the commemorative stone at the entrance of the Church, the monastery was built around  1855. It’s founder was St. Meletios of Rhodes.

The monastery celebrates its patronal feast on the 22 and 23rd of August, where multitudes of people come together. The monastery also celebrates the memory of St. Meletios on the 12th February.

The sisters of the monastery paint icons, sew, work the land (vines, olives, citrus fruits etc) and mount icon reproductions onto natural wood.

A monastery with a story of its own decorates the island of Rhodes and bestows a spirit of calm on visitors and pilgrims to the monastery alike.
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