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The miraculous [[iconImage:Mantamados.jpg|thumb|right|Icon of Arch. Michael the "Mantamados"]] of '''Archangel Michael of [[Image:Procession - Mantamados''' (Gr. Μανταμάδος) in jpg|right|thumb|Procession at the church of Mandamados on Lesvos, Greece is one of four [[Wonderworking Icons|miraculous icons]] of , during the religious festival dedicated to the [[Archangel Michael|Taxiarchis Michael]] in the Dodecanese of Greece.]]
==Monastery '''Archangel Michael of Mantamados''' (Gr. O Μανταμάδος) refers to a miraculous [[icon]] of the Taxiarchis==[[Image:Mant_Monastery.jpg|thumb|right|Monastery of MantamadosArchangel Michael]]On on the island of [[w:Lesvos, |Lesvos]] and is one can visit this of the four miraculous icon at [[icons]] of the Archangel in the [[w:Dodecanese|Dodecanese]] of [[Church of Greece|Greece]]. The monastery is known locally as ''Taxiarches''Byzantine Monastery (the "Archangel") and the feast of the Taxiarchisicon is celebrated on [[November 8]] (the [[Angels|''Synaxis of the Bodiless Powers' ']]) and [[September 6]] (Archangel) the ''Miracle at Colossae'Michael''' in ). ==Mantamados icon==There are two accounts surrounding the district date of Mantamados. This this [[monasteryicon]] is situated in , one having to do with the northeast part Ottoman Turkish occupation and destruction of Lesvos1462, 36 km from Mytilini. The history of this monastery and the icon is closely connected to other with [[w:Leo of Tripoli|Saracen pirates]] during the history of 9th and 10th centuries during which the entire island of Lesvoswas invaded.
This is a famous monasteryIn either case, made the story of stone. The monastery was most probably abandoned in 1462 the year creation of the island’s occupation by icon shares the theme that the Ottoman Turks.. In target of the past, raids was the monastery functioned as a men’s convent and is first mentioned in a 1661 ecclesiastical documentof the Taxiarchis. The small [[church]] within pirates threatened the monastery originally dates from monks with death if they would not reveal the 17th century but was replaced by larger church in whereabouts of the 18th centuryhidden villagers. The present church (monks refused and the invaders slaughtered all of the [[cathedralmonk]]) was constructed in 1879 and follows a three-aisled s except for one [[basilicanovice]] architectural type. The monastery -monk <ref>According to which story you are told, the novice is structured para-metrically around this churchsupposed to have either been working in the fields nearby or hidden behind a rock.</ref>
==Mantamados icon==[[Image:Mantamados.jpg|thumb|left|Icon As the pirates where leaving, the novice climbed to the roof of Arch. Michael the "Mantamados"]]There are two accounts surrounding monastery to be sure that the date of this iconpirates had left. However, one having the pirates noticed him from afar and returned to do with kill him as well. It is at this point in the story that the Ottoman Turkish occupation and destruction Archangel Michael makes his appearance in front of 1462, and the other Saracens with [[w:Leo of Tripoli|Saracen pirates]] during his own sword drawn forcing them to retreat in terror<ref>According to some accounts they were drowned.</ref>. Thanks to this miracle from the Archangel the 9th monk survived and 10th centuries during which descending to the entire island was invadedcourtyard buried the bodies of his fellow brotherhood.
In either caseThe monk still in deep respect and reverence for having witnessed the Archangel Michael in all his fury, one of gathered up the main targets earth that was red by the monastery blood of the Taxiarchis, where martyred monks and shaped it into the invaders slaughtered all icon-sculpture of the [[monk]]s Archangel as it is today;while it was still vivid in the monasteryhis memory. One [[novice]]-monk, however, in his attempt According to escapelegend, climbed up the roof, monk did not have enough of this dirt-blood mix and was pursued. As his attackers closed in on him, so the Archangel Michael appeared in front head of the Saracens with his own sword drawn and forced them Archangel has turned out disproportionately larger to retreat in a panic. Thanks to this miracle from the Archangel the monk survived, the sole surviver from among rest of his brotherhoodbody.
The monk was in such deep respect and reverence This [[icon]], is now kept within the interior of the church. Many islanders claim to have had personal experiences of miracles being granted for having witnessed them by Mantamados. This is evident by the numerous cabinets full of ''tagmata'' (gifts) to the Archangel Michael in all his furyhoused inside the church. To this day, that he decided [[pilgrimage|pilgrims]] to recreate the image while it was still vivid in his memorythis church have mixed emotions regarding this icon. Not having any other tools but that of clay and At times, the blood of expression on the martyred monks[[icon]] can appear severe, he began sad, or happy, according to sculpt the imagemessage that the Archangel wants to convey to that pilgrim or the faithful. The monk did not have enough clay to work with and so This is the head tradition of the Archangel has turned out disproportionally larger than the rest much-celebrated [[icon]] of his bodyMantamados.
This icon, is now kept within the interior ==Monastery of the churchTaxiarchis==[[Image:Mant_Monastery. Many islanders claim to have had personal experiences jpg|thumb|left|Monastery of miracles being granted for them by Mantamados. This is evident by ]]On the numerous cabinets full island of Lesvos, one can visit this miraculous [[icon]] at the ''tagmata'Byzantine Monastery of the Taxiarchis''' (giftsArchangel) to '''Michael''' in the Archangel housed inside the churchdistrict of Mantamados. To this day, This [[pilgrimage|pilgrimsmonastery]] to is situated in the northeast part of Lesvos, 36 km from Mytilini. The history of this church have mixed emotions regarding this icon. At times, the expression on monastery and the [[icon can appear severe, sad, or happy, according ]] are closely connected to the message that the Archangel wants to convey to that pilgrim or the faithful. This is the legend history of the much-celebrated icon island of MantamadosLesvos.
==Other icons This is a famous monastery, made of stone. The monastery was most probably abandoned in 1462 the year of the island’s occupation by the Ottoman Turks. In the past, the Dodecanese==* monastery functioned as a men’s convent and is first mentioned in a 1661 ecclesiastical document. The small [[Archangel Michael Panormitischurch]] on within the island of Symi, Greecemonastery originally dates from the 17th century but was replaced by larger church in the 18th century. The present church ([[cathedral]]) was constructed in 1879 and follows a three-aisled [[basilica]] architectural type. The monastery is structured para-metrically around this church.
* Miraculous icon of Archangel Michael [[Panormitis]] on Symi island, Greece==End notes==<small><references/></small>
== See also ==
*Miraculous [[icon]] of [[Archangel]] [[Archangel Michael|Michael]] '''[[Archangel Michael Panormitis|Panormitis]]''' on [[Metropolis of Symi|Symi]] island, [[w:Greece|Greece]]* [[Metropolis of Mytilene]]
==Hymns==
Hail, Michael, great chief commander with all the hosts of heaven!
==SourcesExternal links==*[http://www.taxiarches-mantamados.gr/ Monastery of Mandamados '''Official Website'''] (in Greek)* [http://www.mandamados.gr/ Municipality of Mandamados (Mantamados)] *[http://www.stgeorgegreenville.org/Angels/Michael.html Saint George GO Cathedral article] * [[w:Mantamados|Mantamados on Wikipedia]].* [http://www.lesvos.gr/nomos/lesvos_tourist_guide/en-architecture.htm Lesvos Guide by Prefectural Commission of Tourism]*[http://www.tlig.org/de/news/2008-11-12/2006/ Blog of trip to monastery (not Orthodox)] ===You Tube links===*[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=JaJffVgBQsk Documentary on the ''Ταξιάρχης Μανταμάδος Λέσβου''] (in Greek)*[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=3ikTwjOjVuQ Amateur footage of monastery entrance], September 2008.
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