Monastery of Panagia Vryssiani

The biggest monastery of the island is that of Panagia Vryssiani –also known as Panagia Vryssis– and is located south of Apollonia on the road to Platis Gialos and Faros, within a close distance from the village of Exabela.

Built in the 17th century at a place where the church of Agios Savvas used to be, it has always been a male monastery and stood out for its architecture. The church stands out for its cross shaped basilica rhythm and the steeple with two bells, while its most important characteristics include the wooden temple and the icon of Theotokos of Vryssi, carrying Her Son.

The great number of icons, manuscripts and religious relics of the monastery led to the creation of the Museum of Ecclesiastical Art, which operates on its premises.