Panagia Prousiotissa, Karpenisi, Greece

One of the largest monasteries in the country is the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa located in the village of Prousos, in the prefecture of Evritania.

At a distance of 30 km from the capital of the prefecture, Karpenisi, you will find this wonderful “Big” monastery of Panagia where it celebrates on the 23rd of August.

Panagia Prousiotissa or Panagia of Roumeli, is located in a nature enviroment, surrounded by huge green mountains. On the way from Karpenisi to Prousos, you will find wonderful small picturesque villages where various traditional cafes and wonderful taverns with local meat are housed.

* In the village of Prousos, the well-known cold cut Prosuto is prepared.

Gavros, Mikro Chorio and Megalo Chorio stand out especially for their beauty. If you are a nature lover then it is definitely a destination for multiple visits.

The Monastery

To the left of the temple of the church, is the chapel of Agion Panton where the Holy and revered icon of Panagia Prousiotissa has been located for many centuries. Unfortunately, there is no information about the time of the foundation of the first church of the Virgin Mary. This small church, as it was formed in a small church, has the special privilege of being the permanent residence of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary.

* On the miraculous icon are the 3 medals of Karaiskakis.

The Story Of Karaiskakis

During the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa was a refuge for many fighters, one of whom was George Karaiskakis. General Karaiskakis dedicated to Panagia Prousiotissa the silver cover of her icon, with his three medals, the silver stars, as a sign of gratitude, after the disease that afflicted him, malaria.

So he asked the Virgin Mary to give him the medicine in exchange for his medals, as he did. In the sacristy of the Monastery there is today the sword and the weapons of Karaiskakis. Also near the Monastery, in Panagia Prousiotissa, the Towers with the name of the famous general are saved.

Panagia Prousiotissa, Karpenisi…!

The Old Bel Tower

The present clock served as a bell tower in the past so that the villagers and shepherds could leave their work and worries and gather in the temple. Following a course of continuous turns, next to the cliff, you will see the Monastery ready to descend to the steep cliff. In the back of the Monastery, the three-storey building, which today serves as the residence of the monks.

A Stop On The Way

During your transition to the monastery, you will meet the “Footsteps of the Virgin“. There you can light a candle and donate a personal item, next to the presses that exist, as a sign of faith and gratitude to the Virgin Mary!

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