At Karaflytzanaka, the highest peak of Skiathos, and next to the stream of Lechonio lies the Monastery of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (5 km from the town of Skiathos), also known as Vangelistrias Monastery, as the locals call it. A spiritual symbol of the island, it is a male monastery, dating back to the 18th cent. and its construction began by a group of Kollyvados monks.
Father Niphon was the founder of the monastery, and to this day, there have been 30 other abbots. The Monastery played an important role both for the pre-revolutionary movements and during the Revolution of 1821. Here, the abbot Niphon swore in the guerrilla leaders Theodoros Kolokotronis, Andreas Miaoulis etc.
The principal Church of the Monastery is situated at the centre of the complex, laid out in cruciform shape in the three-niche Byzantine style and it is covered by three domes. In this space holy remains of Saints are kept (Dionysos the Areopagite, John Chrysostomos and others), many of which were donated by Admiral Lazarus Koundouriotis in 1823, in recognition of the great contribution of the Monastery in the liberation of the Nation, as well as a large number of portable icons from the 9th-19th century. One of the most spectacular points of the principal Church is the craved wooden temple with icons dating between the 17th-18th cent.
The Monastery keeps a large number of Holy Relics, a real treasure, while it functions as a Museum as well, and exhibits rare ecclesiastical items, books and manuscripts, Byzantine icons, etc.
If you don't have your own transportation, a bus departs from the bus station of Skiathos almost every hour with the Monastery as its final stop (ticket price €2).