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Religious buildings on Spetses
Agios Nikolaos: Cathedral, formerly an abbey church, from the 17th/18th century with a monument to the dead in the War of Independence in the courtyard and in the church a beautiful iconostasis with gilded carvings. The bell tower was built by craftsmen from Tinos and on 3 April 1821 the Greek revolutionary flag was raised at the beginning of the War of Independence. Nikolaos is the patron saint of sailors.
Panagía Armáta: chapel built between 1824 and 1830 in honour of the victory on 8 September 1822 during the War of Independence. Of particular interest is a large painting depicting this event.
Agíon Pánton: 19th century nunnery.
Agios Mamas: 19th century church.
Agios Antonios: a church.
Agios Georgios: church.
Koímisis tis Theotókou: church.
Agios Taxiárches: church.
Agia Triáda: church from 1793 with a beautiful wooden iconostasis.
According to mythology, the god Pan fell in love with Pitys, a nymph of the mountains. She loved Pan so much, but she was afraid of Voreas, a strong wind that was madly in love with her and would not allow anyone else to desire her. When Pitys embraced Pan, the cold and cruel Voreas took her and threw her into a ravine. Mother Titan Gaia took pity on her and Pan and turned her into a pine tree ("Pitys" in ancient Greek). This is the mythological story of the pine tree, which would later cover the island of Spetses.
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