‪Chozovitissa‬

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‪Chozovitissa‬
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saronic
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‪a spectacular sight‬
‪יוני 2021‬
‪After the one's at Meteora in Thessaly the most spectacular monastery in all of Greece is definitely the Panagia Chozoviotissa, built against a high cliff on the southwestern side of Amorgos. The white building, in parts up to eight storeys high, about 40 meters wide and never deeper than five meters, is best seen from the sea or from Agia Anna Beach. The whitewashing of houses only came up in the Cyclades in the mid-19th century with the establishment of the Greek state, before that all constructions looked like the surrounding rock and countryside and were thus far better protected from the eyes of marauding pirates. To get to the monastery one has to walk up for about 15 minutes (80 meters in altitude difference) on a path with flagstones from the car park and bus stop. The place is open daily from 8am to 1pm and again from 5 to 7pm. There is a dress code, so women are not allowed to enter in trousers and men in shorts. Before the entrance skirts for women and long trousers for men are available, but it is best to take whatever is necessary along oneself. Through a low gate one goes inside and up some steps to the rather small 'katholikon', the main church, with the holy icon of the Panagia. After that are offered the Amorgian liqueur 'Psimmeni Raki', water and loukoums in the guest room. Around three monks usually still live here, but they are assisted by laymen to receive guests and it is usually just them one gets to see. When I first visited the place end of April 1988 I was welcomed by the abbot himself, who told me with a smile, that he were now in the monastery since 5 days, 2 weeks, 3 months and 50 years. On a further visit I told this story to the new abbot Spyridon from the village of Langada, whom I used to meet regularly, when I passed by with my small hiking groups on the way from here to Egiali, a beautiful walk of about 5 hours with breaks, which is popular till today. The unusual name of the monastery apparently comes from a place called 'Chozeva' in Palestine, which could be either Achziv north of Akko or Cheziv in the Elah Valley. With the incursion of Muslim Arabs some monks left a monastery there, taking along the holy Panagia icon on their way to Greece and Amorgos. Not a legend is the fact that the Byzantine emperor Alexios I. Komnenos gave the order in the year 1088 to renew the monastery at Amorgos together with the St.Johns Monastery on the island of Patmos.‬

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saronic
ציריך, שוויץ‪23,212 contributions‬
יוני 2021
‪After the one's at Meteora in Thessaly the most spectacular monastery in all of Greece is definitely the Panagia Chozoviotissa, built against a high cliff on the southwestern side of Amorgos. The white building, in parts up to eight storeys high, about 40 meters wide and never deeper than five meters, is best seen from the sea or from Agia Anna Beach. The whitewashing of houses only came up in the Cyclades in the mid-19th century with the establishment of the Greek state, before that all constructions looked like the surrounding rock and countryside and were thus far better protected from the eyes of marauding pirates.

To get to the monastery one has to walk up for about 15 minutes (80 meters in altitude difference) on a path with flagstones from the car park and bus stop. The place is open daily from 8am to 1pm and again from 5 to 7pm. There is a dress code, so women are not allowed to enter in trousers and men in shorts. Before the entrance skirts for women and long trousers for men are available, but it is best to take whatever is necessary along oneself.

Through a low gate one goes inside and up some steps to the rather small 'katholikon', the main church, with the holy icon of the Panagia. After that are offered the Amorgian liqueur 'Psimmeni Raki', water and loukoums in the guest room. Around three monks usually still live here, but they are assisted by laymen to receive guests and it is usually just them one gets to see.

When I first visited the place end of April 1988 I was welcomed by the abbot himself, who told me with a smile, that he were now in the monastery since 5 days, 2 weeks, 3 months and 50 years. On a further visit I told this story to the new abbot Spyridon from the village of Langada, whom I used to meet regularly, when I passed by with my small hiking groups on the way from here to Egiali, a beautiful walk of about 5 hours with breaks, which is popular till today.

The unusual name of the monastery apparently comes from a place called 'Chozeva' in Palestine, which could be either Achziv north of Akko or Cheziv in the Elah Valley. With the incursion of Muslim Arabs some monks left a monastery there, taking along the holy Panagia icon on their way to Greece and Amorgos. Not a legend is the fact that the Byzantine emperor Alexios I. Komnenos gave the order in the year 1088 to renew the monastery at Amorgos together with the St.Johns Monastery on the island of Patmos.‬
‪Written 19 באפריל 2022‬
‪This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.‬

insurreal
אתונה, יוון‪96 contributions‬
אוג׳ 2017
‪This monastery is as awesome as it gets. It's built literally IN the mountain! You have to walk something like 200-300 steps, but the view IS worth it! Do go in, do try the raki that they will treat you with, do speak but also, do remain silent while gazing the infinity that lies before you‬
‪Written 28 בדצמבר 2017‬
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nbinoss
אתונה, יוון‪71 contributions‬
זוגות • אוג׳ 2016
‪The monastery is one of the places that you should not miss during your visit in Amorgos. Bear in mind the steps that you should walk. However the amazing view will compensate you! Park your car 100 -200 meters before the monastery and don't try to park in the entrance of the monastery during the high season!‬
‪Written 28 בינואר 2017‬
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Magda K
‪4 contributions‬
חברים • אוג׳ 2016
‪From the top you surely can find out le grand bleu.
Worth visiting for sure. You can try it early in the morning to avoid the high temperatures. ‬
‪Written 4 בספטמבר 2016‬
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vasgait
אתונה, יוון‪371 contributions‬
חברים • יולי 2016
‪Wow...for the monastery ...the view...the cliff..the rocks....the big blue sea...the atmosphere...the wind...unique place in the world.a real must...easy reachable..wear long sleeves and pants no shorts...friendly monks...raki..loukoumi and fresh cold water...not for one time...more visits more things to explore...dont miss it‬
‪Written 21 באוגוסט 2016‬
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Stathis T
אתונה, יוון‪85 contributions‬
חברים • יולי 2016
‪If heaven had a door, this would be the doorstep. A monastery you should visit regardless of religious beliefs. The climb is well worth the view and the feeling of quiet you receive when you are there. Climb all the way up and visit the thousand year old church within the monastery. Ask the monks for the story of the establishment and taste the Psimeni Raki and any products the monks treat you. The view from the top balcony will make you believe you are in heaven. Grand Bleu at its best!!! No photo, to description can capture that feeling. Visit it and you wont regret it! ‬
‪Written 1 באוגוסט 2016‬
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Andreas P
‪4 contributions‬
זוגות • יולי 2015
‪Anyone who visits this island must visit the unique monastery of Panagia Chozoviotisa , The view of this place is amazing‬
‪Written 28 ביוני 2016‬
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irene0708
‪55 contributions‬
זוגות • יולי 2015
‪You must visit Amorgos, just for the experience of visiting this 1000 year old Monastery.
The location is a miracle, and the view from there is unbelievable.
‪Written 11 ביולי 2015‬
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Lienuksa
דבלין, אירלנד‪52 contributions‬
חברים • יולי 2015
‪Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit it as we didn't know opening hours(it is closed from 1pm to 5pm) and they wouldn't let you in with shorts, short sleaves etc. Make sure you have apropriate clothes with you. pity......‬
‪Written 10 ביולי 2015‬
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Gus K
לונדון, UK‪5 contributions‬
זוגות • ספט׳ 2014
‪A must-visit for every tourist on the island. Great view and the monks there are delightful.

4 stars because you need to walk a lot of stairs, they need to do something with the accesibility.‬
‪Written 14 בספטמבר 2014‬
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