We passed the boat builders yard
Good fruit and vegetables. a tempting stall with a mound of cherries, some local honey, which I bought, along with a couple of packets of herbs, but otherwise, what a load of tat!
We wandered about town where there seemed to be little to see. (And passed a bit of time while waiting for the returning bus by eating ice-cream!) Then we spotted this church
Fresh flowers decorated this icon
It was silent in the church and I thought that we were alone
When we were back at the hotel I asked about the church and the meaning of the flower-covered structure.It is St Nicholas Church and the structure represents the body of Christ. It is decorated with fresh flowers every Good Friday by the local women. After the Friday service it is carried around the town by four men in a procession on a route that creates a cross to bless the entire community. People line the streets. It is then returned to the church and set high inside the door so that as people enter they walk beneath the structure and receive a blessing. After a period of time it is placed where I saw it and the flowers remain for forty days before being taken down.
I visited Greece many years ago and saw many beautiful churches. I also remember all the wonderful shopping. Greece and its islands will remain in my heart and memories forever.ReplyDelete
We have visited several Greek islands in the past. with a number of holidays in northern Corfu, a particular favourite. (In the depths of winter I sometimes google houses for sale in Corfu!) The area of mainland Greece that we were in was not very picturesque - but the hotel and weather were great!Delete
What a treat! Thank you for finding it and sharing it. I have a strange affinity for religious icons. I think I was a nun in another life.ReplyDelete
A treat is just what I thought. I was so thrilled to see the mural painter, he made my day. May use the image for my Christmas card! Himself loves icons and has two, one of which is a St Nicholas whose face has all but faded away, while the gold and colours positively glow from the wall.ReplyDelete