The protector Saint of the island - Archangel Mixaelis at Taxiarchis Monastery
A visit to Lesvos just wouldn't be complete without going to Mandamados and the monastery! Pilgrims from all over Greece and the world flock here 3 weeks after Easter to view the face of the Archangel Mixaelis (now behind glass)! The story goes that Saracen raiders killed all but one monk at the monastery. The one monk was on the roof and when he came down he claimed he had gained "help and inspiration" from Archangel Mixaelis (healer- respected for his "miracles). The pirates fled in terror. The monk took clay and the blood of his brothers and made the famous icon which rests inside the church. Worshippers come and light candles and crawl on their knees in hope that the icon will heal them! My grandfather, 100 years ago made his own pilgrimage to the Monastery prayed to the famous icon for safe travels to the United States! The image of Archangel Mixaelis for this post sits behind the wooden door and bears witness to the huge votive candles that pilgrims and worshippers bring to aid them on their spiritual journey. A visit to Mandamados is not complete without checking out the many local potters and cheesemakers. If you want to see the Greek world go by... sit outside the cafe and drink a coffee and have loukamades (greek donuts)!