AROUND THE ISLAND
Inland of the shore

Some of the older churches of the town can be seen by following Botasis Street which leads uphill from the left hand side of the Anargyros Mansion, behind the Dapia. Some of the older houses, to either side, have decorated marble panels inset in their façades: one example, in Baroque style, on the front of the Botasis Mansion, 250m up the street on the left, displays a medallion framed by deeply cut olive fronds. By descending to the right just beyond the three-apsed church of Aghios Giorgios, crossing the bridge below, and climbing again for 150m to the south, you come to the church of the Koimisis tis Theotokou, which functioned as the island’s cathedral be fore the bishop’s seat moved to Aghios Nikolaos. (Generally open around 4pm for cleaning: otherwise key in house across dip to south of church.) The exterior was decorated with inset ceramic dishes as trophies; many have been re moved, but those around the apse remain. The interior which is of inscribed cross plan surmounted by a dome is attractively proportioned and luminous. Descending once again from here, towards the coast, you pass the church of the Taxiarches to the left and the large church of the Aghia Triada (1793) to the right of the street: both—as was frequently the case on Spetses—were built by rich Spetsiot merchants, Giorgios Economou and Emmanuel Papatheodorou respectively. In the neighbour hood are a number of the older houses and gardens of the town, some in ruins.

Spetses Island is part of the Argosaronic Island Group, Greece.

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