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The miraculous [[iconImage:Arch_Michael_Panormitis.jpg|thumb|right|Icon of Arch. Michael "Panormitis" (Original image)]] of the '''Archangel Michael of Panormitis''' (Gr. Αρχάγγελος Μιχαήλ ο O Πανορμίτης στη Σύμη) in refers to a miraculous [[icon]] of the [[Archangel Michael]] on the island of [[Metropolis of Symi|Symi, Greece ]] and is one of the four miraculous [[icons ]] of the Archangel Michael in the Dodecanesse [[w:Dodecanese|Dodecanese]] of [[Church of Greece|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 [[monastery|monasteries ]] devoted to the Archangel Michael. The Greek Orthodox '''[[Monastery]] of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis''' is the most important in on the island and second largest in the Dodecanese after the monastery of Saint St John the Theologian in [[Patmos]]. It is located in the south end of Symi, built in a closed cove with sand.
The exact date monastery is located on the south end of Symi, situated on the construction sea front of the original church stays unknown but some locals suggest that it was built around 450 AD on the site tiny village of an ancient temple to ApolloPanormitis. It is dedicated to the Taxiarch Michael and we do know a closed in cove with a small sandy beach, protected by a narrow inlet that it was renovated at the end of the 18th century. It contains opens out into a splendid icon of the Archangel and two interesting museum sectionswide harbour. On The mountainous backdrop is covered with pine trees which give the day area an ambiance of his celebration many [[pilgrimage|pilgrims]] of all Dodecanese come to the island to celebratesolitude.
The monastery has two museumsis a large 18th-century Venetian styled building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world. One The facade of ecclesiastical art, rich in exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs the main structure is white and ecclesiastical utensils, ship models offerings brought to Panormitis from far away by it stretches along the coast on either side of the seamain gateway... and one of folk art with important objects of In excellent condition, the folk culture Italians constructed these two rows of buildings after World War II. These buildings now contain holiday flats that can be rented by tourists visiting the island, relevant to fishing, agriculture monastery and shepherdingalso contain a bakery among other things.
There is also a library Once inside the monastery main gate, visitors are welcomed by an inner courtyard, decorated with Byzantine manuscripts exotic trees and editions of ecclesiasticalplants, historical and philological contentpaved with 'hokhlakia'. The church dedicated to the Panormiti is on the left and inside contains the 2-metre high, silver-leafed, as well as a gallery wall icon of the Panormiti. The entire church interior is covered with paintings iconography (of particular interest is the 'fall of the landscape angels' mural at the back of the monastery church) and its two chapelsis decorated with very elaborate chandeliers. There [[Image:Panormitis_Monastery.jpg|thumb|right|Monastery of Arch. Michael "Panormitis" (Symi, Greece)]]The exact historical date of the construction of this church remains unknown but some suggest that it was built around 450 AD over the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the pagan god Apollo. It is also memorial to known for certainty that the existing church underwent a former abbot, two monks and two teachers, who major renovation in 1944, were executed for running a spy radio for the British commandoes18th century to bring it to the standard that is in existence today.
The monastery has two museums. One houses ecclesiastical art, and is rich in exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs and ecclesiastical utensils, ship model 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 monastery's dorm-house can host up to 500 people. Reaching it can be done The only by way to get to the monastery is via a ferry or excursion boat from Gialos. The telephone of If you are already on the island, there is a road that exists between the monastery for any information and bookings is +2246071581the town of Symi. This can take over six hours to walk or an hour using a local bus service or rented scooter.
== Panormitis Icon ==
<!--- CAN ANYONE TRANSLATE INTO ENGLISH? The name Panormitis is ... (: πατριδων. επίθετο από το τοπωνύμιο Πάνορμος + πατριδων. επίθημα - ίτης) ή Παερμιώτης (: πατριδων. επίθ. από το τοπωνυμ. Πάνερμος + πατριδων. επίθημα - ιώτης και αφαίρεση του ν). --->
[[Image:Panormitis.gif|thumb|right|Arch. Michael "Panormitis"]]
In the church is the famous icon of the Archangel Michael '''Panormitis''', who is not only considered the island's patron saint but also the guardian of sailors in the entire Dodecanese area.
One story is that this icon appeared miraculously and, on several occasions, was removed only to reappear mysteriously in this same location. The monastery houses church was then built over the famous icon of Archangel Michael - '''Panormitis'''location, which, other sources suggest, who is the island's patron saint and the guardian of sailorswas also a template to Apollo.
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 and 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 [[Pilgrimage|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 churches of the Dodecanesse Archangel Michael in Symi ==1. [[If visiting the island of Symi for this monastery, it is also worthwhile visiting the monasteries of Roukounioti, also dedicated to the Archangel Michael and the Monastery of Kokkimidis. The Monastery of Roukounioti has remarkable murals dating from the 14th century. The Monastery of Mantamados]] near MytiliniKokkimidis, Lesvos islandon the other hand, Greeceis 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. Most of the churches on this island are dedicated to the Archangel Michael.
== See also ==
*Miraculous [[icon]] of [[Archangel Michael]] of [[Archangel Michael of Mantamados|Mantamados]] on [[Metropolis of Mytiline|Lesbos]] island, Greece.
*[[Metropolis of Symi]]
== Hymns ==
Hail, Michael, great chief commander, with all the hosts of heaven!
== External links ==
*[http://www.imsymis.org/english.html Official Website for '''Panormitis'''] (English)[http://www.imsymis.org/istoriki_anadromi.html (Greek)] ''Site is maintained mainly in Greek but English section is good and entire site has plenty of visual content.''
*[http://athos.edo.gr/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=351/ Article on the Panormitis icon by Mount Athos aghiorite] (Greek)
*[http://www.osymi.gr/laografia/laografia/proti_selida/laografia%20me%20pinakes.htm by ΕΛΕΝΗ ΖΑΧΑΡΙΟΥ-ΜΑΜΑΛΙΓΚΑ] (in Greek)
*[http://1myblog.pblogs.gr/2008/10/o-arhaggelos-mihahl-o-panormiths-symhs-rodoy-diahroniko-thayma.html Blog in Greek with detailed information about miracle 11 November 2008]
<!--- == Supplicatory Canon to Panormitis =YouTube links===*[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v= GTX1mEXzB6s Panormiti miracle at the November 11, 2008 Vesper Service] (in Greek) - ''News story explains how at the vesper service this year the entire face of the icon disappeared for a few minutes and re-appeared in front of the entire congregation'' Read more (in Greek) here: [http://www.madata.gr/index.php/3/10/27003.html 1][http://orthodox-world.pblogs.gr/2008/05/o->thaymatoyrgos-arhaggelos-mihahl-o-panormiths-sth-symh.html 2]*[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ewDbmSvm2jg Amateur video of the 2008 Feast Day celebrations from outside the monastery]*[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=u1neCZU9Abk A small documentary] (in Greek)
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