Located on the island of Skiathos in the Northern Sporades, the Evangelistria Monastery was built on the slopes of Mount Palouki in the early 1700s. Situated within fortress-like walls, the this monastery is a great historical and religious place to visit on the island, as it bears many interesting treasures including an 18th century wood-carved iconostasis from Constantinople, and a number of valuable Byzantine era icons.
Of much significance is the fact that this place played a major role in the 1821 Greek War of Independence. Indeed, the Evangelistria Monastery is marked as the spot where the first flag of Greece is known to have been weaved. Prominent military leaders such as Theodoros Kolokotronis and Andreas Miaoulis historically visited Evangelistria where they were they were sworn to the Greek flag by the local bishop.
The monastery also features a museum where preserved ecclesiastical artifacts including liturgical items, ornate garments, artillery, and icons are on display. On display in one of the museum’s rooms is the traditional loom on which the first Greek flag was weaved. How neat! When visiting the gorgeous island of Skiathos, be sure to pay tribute to the war heroes of 1821 with a visit to the Evangelistria Monastery, located 4.2km north of Skiathos town. And if you’re around on August 15th, don’t miss the celebration of the Virgin Mary. The view of the Aegean Sea from up here is a plus.