Destination Description

Panormitis (Πανορμήτης in Greek) is an area in Symi island with its own harbor, as the connecting road to the mainland was built at recent ages. In this area is located The Monastery of the Archangel Michael, the island’s most famous monastery, which attracts visitors from all over Greece and the world to pray for health, protection and fertility and is renowned for many miracles.

The monastery is 10 km southwest of Symi and is covered by rocky hills with a few trees. It is believed to have been built during the years of the Turkish domination in the 18th century, on the site of an ancient temple to Apollo and has been reconstructed several times. It is protected by an inlet that leads to a wide harbor and a small sandy beach that is usually empty.

Inside the Monastery, the Venetian style prevails; there are unique ancient artifacts such as the impressive icon of the Archangel Michael (protector of sailors), many antique chandeliers and traditional decorations. In addition, the monastery hosts two small museums that also attract many visitors to Panormitis. It displays a huge collection of offerings. According to the tradition, when asking a favour of the Archangel it is necessary to give something in retribution. Many of these objects are made of gold or silver, and some of them are also put into bottles by sailors to protect them. The other museum displays traditional examples of folk art, usually related to fishing, shepherding and agriculture.

The monks of the monastery live in a row of cells, which can be rented by the Christian tourists. Pilgrims who come to this place at the period of 8th of November, are offered free accommodation, food and local wine as they celebrate the feast day of the Saint.