The miraculous [[ icon]] of '''Archangel Michael of Mantamados ''' (Gr. Μανταμάδος) in Lesvos, Greece is one of four [[Wonderworking Icons|miraculous icons]] of the [[Archangel Michael]] in the Dodecanese of Greece.
==Monastery of the Taxiarchis==[[ Image:Mant_Monastery.jpg|thumb|right|Monastery of Mantamados]] On the island of Lesvos , one can visit this miraculous icon at the ''' Byzantine Monastery of the Taxiarchis''' ( Archangel) ''' Michael' '' in the district of Mantamados. This [[ monastery]] is situated in the northeast part of Lesvos, 36 km from Mytilini. The history of this monastery and the icon is closely connected to the history of the island of Lesvos.
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 monastery functioned as a men’s convent and is first mentioned in a 1661 ecclesiastical document. The small [[church]] within the monastery 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.
==Mantamados icon== [[Image:Mantamados.jpg|thumb|left|Icon of Arch. Michael the "Mantamados"]] There are two accounts surrounding the date of this icon, one having to do with the Ottoman Turkish occupation and destruction of 1462, and the other with [[w:Leo of Tripoli|Saracen pirates]] during the 9th and 10th centuries during which the entire island was invaded.
In either case, one of the main targets was the monastery of the Taxiarchis, where the invaders slaughtered all of the [[monk]]s in the monastery. One [[novice]]-monk, however, in his attempt to escape, climbed up the roof, and was pursued. As his attackers closed in on him, the Archangel Michael appeared in front of the Saracens with his own sword drawn and forced them to retreat in a panic. Thanks to this miracle from the Archangel the monk survived, the sole surviver from among his brotherhood.
The monk was in such deep respect and reverence for having witnessed the Archangel Michael in all his fury, that he decided to recreate the image while it was still vivid in his memory. Not having any other tools but that of clay and the blood of the martyred monks, he began to sculpt the image. The monk did not have enough clay to work with and so the head of the Archangel has turned out disproportionally larger than the rest of his body.
This icon, is now kept within the interior of the church. Many islanders claim to have had personal experiences of miracles being granted for them by Mantamados . This is evident by the numerous cabinets full of '' tagmata'' ( gifts) to the Archangel housed inside the church. To this day, [[ pilgrimage|pilgrims]] to this church have mixed emotions regarding this icon. At times, the expression on the icon can appear severe, sad, or happy, according to the message that the Archangel wants to convey to that pilgrim or the faithful. This is the legend of the much-celebrated icon of Mantamados.
==Other icons of the Dodecanese== * [[ Archangel Michael Panormitis]] on the island of Symi, Greece
* Miraculous icon of Archangel Michael [[Panormitis]] on Symi island, Greece
== See also ==
* [[Metropolis of Mytilene]]
Hail, Michael, great chief commander with all the hosts of heaven!
Sources==* [http://www.mandamados.gr/ Municipality of Mandamados (Mantamados)] * [[w:Mantamados|Mantamados on Wikipedia]] .* [http://www.lesvos.gr/nomos/lesvos_tourist_guide/en-architecture.htm Lesvos Guide by Prefectural Commission of Tourism]