The main north/south road continues towards Panormiis, passing a turning for the Panaghia Stilou (8km). Shortly after, the monastery of Aghios Konstantinos (which has 19th century wall-paintings) is on the left, while across the valley from it, the clear, raised, serpentine line of the former flagstone road is visible winding up the opposite slope to the west. At 11km, a narrow road is signed left to Chames and Kampiotissa and descends rapidly into an inhospitably rocky landscape. By following this turning you come at the top of the subsequent rise to the 13th century church of Aghios Ioannis Pro dromos Sagria marked by two large ilex trees: its interior has paintings in poor condition. Just beyond and around the corner, on the rise to the right of the road, are clear signs of ancient construction, probably the base of what was an impressively large Hellenistic fortified building. There has been some later building on top—a shepherd’s house, winnowing areas, etc.—but the lower level shows a clear rectangular base with finely interlocked blocks, best preserved on the west, north and east sides. The position dominates the whole valley. On the top of the peak to the east of here are the remains of a mediaeval fort. A kilometre and a half further down this road (past impressively folded rock-formations to the left) is the small nunnery of the Panaghia Kampiotissa (no longer functioning). This is a remote and peaceful place: the small vaulted chapel has a venerable carved door, and an inlaid stone floor.

Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.


Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.

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