Ναός του Ταξιάρχη

Travelling along the impressive route from Diaselo to Anavatos, hikers will come across a small chapel. It’s accessed by a dirt footpath and offers itself as a fascinating point of interest on the route. This single-nave church, dedicated to the Taxiarch Michael or, as it’s known locally, the church of the Taxiarch, is situated right at the edge of the forest near the village of Anavatos. Despite its austere, unassuming appearance, it nevertheless strikes a distinct pose against the wooded backdrop. The antiquity of this monument is evidenced in its uncoated, stone-built masonry. It was most likely erected in the waning years of Ottoman rule. Given the lack of written documentation, no information is available on its initial construction phase, when it was built or even who sponsored its construction. The interior of the church is accessed from the western side, while the upper registers of the northern and southern walls have lighting windows. This small chapel is surrounded by a low stone bench, which provides a welcome spot for travellers and pilgrims to stop and rest. The chapel honours the patron Archangel of the nearby settlement, the fortified medieval village of old Anavatos. In fact, it shares its patron -the Taxiarch Michael- with the main church of the new village of Anavatos.

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