The miraculous [[ icon]] of the '''Archangel Michael Panormitis''' (Gr. Αρχάγγελος Μιχαήλ ο Πανορμίτης στη Σύμη) in Symi , Greece is one of four miraculous icons of the Archangel Michael in the Dodecanesse of Greece
== Monastery of the Taxiarchis ==
[[Image:Panormitis_Monastery.jpg|thumb|right|Monsatery of Arch. Michael "Panormitis", Symi, Greece]]Symi island of the Dodecanese, Greece, is situated in southeast Aegean sea and northwest of Rhodes. While touring around the island you will see many [[church]]es and monasteries devoted to the Archangel Michael. The Greek Orthodox '''[[Monastery ]] of Panormitis ''' is the most important in the island and second in Dodecanese after the monastery of Saint John in [[Patmos]] . It is located in the south end of Symi, built in a closed cove with sand.
exact date of the construction of the original church stays unknown but some locals suggest that it was built around 450 AD on the site of an ancient temple to Apollo. It is dedicated to the Taxiarch Michael and we do know that it was renovated at the end of the 18th century. It contains a splendid icon of the Archangel and two interesting museum sections. On the day of his celebration many [[pilgrimage|pilgrims]] of all Dodecanese come to the island to celebrate.
has two museums. One of ecclesiastical art, rich in exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs and ecclesiastical utensils, ship models offerings brought to Panormitis from far away by the sea. .. and one of folk art with important objects of the folk culture of the island, relevant to fishing, agriculture and shepherding.
There is also a library with Byzantine manuscripts and editions of ecclesiastical, historical and philological content, as well as a gallery with paintings of the landscape of the monastery and its two chapels. There is also memorial to a former abbot, two monks and two teachers, who in 1944, were executed for running a spy radio for the British commandoes.
The monastery receives heaps of day-trippers from Rhodes, so if you really want to enjoy it in peace and quiet it is best to wait until they have gone. The
monastery’s dorm-house can host up to 500 people. Reaching it can be done only by boat from Gialos. The telephone of the monastery for any information and bookings is +2246071581.
== Panormitis Icon ==
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monastery houses the famous icon of Archangel Michael - '''Panormitis''', who is the island's patron saint and the guardian of sailors.
The icon appeared miraculously in this location and, on several occasions, was removed only to reappear mysteriously to this location. The monastery was then built over the location. == Folklore & Tradition ==
According to legend, if you ask a favour from Archangel Michael, you must promise to give something in return.
:The tradition of the broom offering
::Today, many believers still practise this tradition. If you visit the museum these messages have been kept for anyone to read.
As a result of these traditions, the inside of the church is decorated with an array of gifts given by the devout [[pilgrims]]. There have been so many of these gifts that a lot of them can be viewed in the museum and include model ships made from gold and silver. The monastery is also filled with wonderful paintings, carvings and icons depicting various saints.
== Other church in Symi == Note, if visiting Symi for the Taxiarch, it is also worth visiting the monasteries of Roukounioti, dedicated to Archangel Michail and the Monastery of Kokkimidis. The Monastery of Roukounioti has remarkable murals dating from the 14th century. The Monastery of Kokkimidis, on the other hand, is a old Byzantine monastery renovated in 1697. Other monasteries of interest include the Monastery of Sotiros and of Stavros Polemou which are on the west coast of the island. == Hymns & Troparia == Hail, Michael, great chief commander with all the hosts of heaven!
The Other Icons of the Dodecanesse == 1. [[Archangel Michael of Mantamados]] near Mytilini, Lesvos island, Greece
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