Panagia Galaktotrofoussa

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The icon of Panagia Galaktotrofoussa (Gr., "she who feeds milk", also "the Virgin Lactans") is the name of one of the many names given to the Virgin Mother and is the name of an icon and a monastery.

The original is on the Holy Mountain in Karyes in the Typikaria on the right side of the iconostas; usually reserved for icons of Christ. It is also one of the most venerated in Serbia and there are many wonderworking copies in Russia .

It is also said that this type of icon was given from St. Sabbas the Sactified to St. Sava of Serbia and he placed it in the Chapel on the right side of the iconostas of the Typikaria (also called isponitza) where he often stayed.



Monastery of Panagia Galaktotrofoussa

The monastery of Panagia Galaktotrofoussa is located at the confluence of the Chalikiotikos and Lepenetsiotikos Rivers, tributaries of the Acheloos River, on the road that leads to Kalarites (Thessalia, Greece). This monastery was founded in 1799 and is less known than the surrounding monasteries of the Meteora region.


Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, in the Limassol district, Apsiou village stands at the foothill of Limassol forest, 17 Km north of Limassol and 600 metres above sea level. Apsiou is a very attractive place and is divided into two parts. As you enter the village from the main road (limassol Kalo Chorio) you will find the recently built houses of Kato Apsiou (Lower Apsiou) and Ayios Epiphanios church. Following your way to Pano Apsiou (Upper Apsiou), you will find the more traditional, mstone-built houses of the old village, at the end of the road a very old church "Panagia Galaktotrofousa" (dating back to 1740) is found hidden in the cypress trees. --->