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Panagia Prousiotissa

The monastery of Panaghia Prousiotissa is built on a steep rock. According to the tradition, it was founded in 829 by monks Dionysios and Timotheos, who brought with them the icon of Virgin Mary from Prousa in Asia Minor. However, it is more possible that the monastery was established between the 12th and 14th century.

It became a shelter for civilians during the Turkish occupation, at the same time G. Karaiskakis received treatment here. The monastery was destroyed and ransacked many times during the Turkish occupation and was set on fire by the Germans in 1944. You will find religious icons dating back to the 13th and 16th century as well as a library where many important relics are kept.

The Museum of the Proussos Monastery, where old ecclesiastical relics and personal items of Georgios Karaiskakis are kept. Don't miss out to see the “steps” of Virgin Mary in "Typoma", geologic formations that look like footprints. According to the tradition these are the footprints of Virgin Mary when she came from Prousa. You will also have the chance to see the lookout towers (“karaoulia”) of Karaiskakis above the Monastery of Panaghia Prousiotissa, which were built during the Revolution.

In Prousos, the “Agathidis’ Library” is also very interesting. The library was founded along with the middle school in 1880.