The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

The chapel of Panagia Faneromeni

There is a very interesting story behind the chapel of Panagia Faneromeni.

The local tradition say that in the 16th century, one the villagers saw a light coming from the sea approaching the coast.

He thought that they were pirates so run into the village to to alert his fellow villagers. In the morning, when the light reached the shore, they saw that it was a large piece of marble, with Virgin Mary painted on it, floating in the sea surface.

The villagers were impressed by the miracle and asked the Turkish Bey of the area to allow them to build a chapel to house the picture. But he refused, threw down the picture and began to trample it. The image suddenly became soft as clay and trapped Bey’s feet, not letting him escape. The Turk regretted his actions and apologized to the villagers, giving his permission to build this chapel.

The interior of the temple was full of frescoes, of which a significant section survives. Inside the chaple, the majority of frescoes are preserved, compared to the original set, which is why the importance of the monument is great for the study of ecclesiastical painting in Halkidiki during pre-revolutionary times.

Nowadays, it's a popular location for orthodox weddings due to its magnificent location.