About Lesvos

Wellcome to Lesvos Island

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Wellcome to Lesvos Island

Lesvos, reknowned since antiquity, is an island of harmony and dream. The flower of an eternal spring set on the blue waters of the Aegean, a vision that opens wide its modest beauty to the horizon, offering an invitation to love and promise. An ethereal substance you would say, made from the very breath of God. Matter that is moulded of a light made up of soft tones and sweet shadowing which emerges from the embrace of the sea and poised there achieves its equilibrium with the water, in a melding of myth and truth, contemplation and reality. As if the seasons has paused caught up in a feeling of responsibility and awe in the face of such beauty and then left this land pristine where the gods of joy and sun were worshipped and Sapphic grief was heard in the...

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Historical Background

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Historical Background

According to Classical Greek mythology, Lesvos was the patron god of the island. Macar was reputedly the first king whose many “daughters” bequeathed their names to some of the present larger towns. In Classical myth his “sister”, Canace, was killed to have him made king. The place names with female origins are likely to be much earlier settlements named after local goddesses, who were replaced by gods. Homer refers to the island as “Macaros edos”, the seat of Macar. Hittite records from the Late Bronze Age name the island Lazpa and must have considered its population significant enough to allow the Hittites to “borrow their gods” (presumably idols) to cure their king when the local gods were not ...

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Culture and Arts

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Culture and Arts

The island of Lesvos is a richly gifted land, both by nature and its inhabitants. Its natural beauties, climate and its fertile soil have given birth to a people with a profound sense of beauty and harmony from the depths of antiquity right up to the present. It is not by chance that even during mythological times Lesvos was known for its flourishing arts. When Orpheus, the great musician and poet was killed in Thrace, It is said that his lyre was swept away by the waters of the Evros river and carried to the shores of Lesvos where the inhabitants found it and put it in a temple, a place where music and poetry were worshipped. Since then it is said that even the nightingales of Lesvos sing more sweetly and melodiously than any other spot on earth. So this area has...

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Museums and Monuments

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Museums and Monuments

MUSEUMS The Museum of Theophilus of Mytilene The museum of Theophilus is located in the suburb Varia in Mytilene. It houses an extensive part of the works of the popular artist Theophilus Hatzimichael. Theophilus was born and spent his childhood in Varia. Later he will flee to Smyrna and from there he will go to Pelion, where for thirty years he wanders either dressed as a Tsolias or as Alexander the Great. He goes back to Mytilene after it was liberated and completes his curriculum in painting. He used to draw at coffee shops, houses, and chapels very often in return for a meal. His works are distinguished for their rigor and brilliance, harmony in colors and a bizarre primitivism. His subjects have their origin in nature and history. The recognition...

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Churches and Monasteries

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Churches and Monasteries

Christianity was declared for first time in Lesvos in 58 ac from the Apostle Paul. The first pastoral seat of the island is Mitilini which first bishop of existed was Gregory in 325 ac. It is important to report that the first two pale Christian churches have been found in the region Mithymna (early basilica in Ypsilometopo and the pale Christian of Halinardou). The period between the 9th and 14th century is rich, concerning the spiritual history of the island. Personalities such as the Empress Irene the Athenian, Magistrate Symeon, Konstantinos Monomahos, Saint Raphael and others testify the highly spiritual life developed during that period. The wealth of  Byzantine monuments makes Lesvos a perfect destination for many religious pilgrims. Monuments of centuries...

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The Tastes of Lesvos

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The Tastes of Lesvos

Sea food lovers will  find great tastes of many different kinds of fish, prepared through traditional ways in Lesvos. Sea food in Lesvos comes from really fresh fish, which come out of the sea every morning  by local fishermen. Most of their fish catch is been sold just when the boats wharf, mostly around the boats in an atypical flea market every single morning.  A part of their fish catch is been bought straight away by local taverns, where will be prepared in various ways, which make Lesvos sea food so famous for its taste. The most well known and beloved sea food in Lesvos is sardines. Sardines is the most famous snack to accompany ouzo. Sardines are found all over maritime villages in Lesvos. They are prepared in several ways. Another well known...

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Shopping at Lesvos

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Shopping at Lesvos

Olive oil of Lesvos It is hard to imagine Lesvos without its olive oil trees that spread a silver radiance under an abundant sunlight. Apart from the sea, no other good of nature has ever been as tightly associated with the Greek region, as the olive and its oil that has nurtured so many a civilizations since ancient times. Today on Lesvos there are more than (11,000,000) eleven million olive trees in an area of 46,500 hectares with a production of 100,000 tons of fruit or 20,000 tons of olive oil. Unparalleled in flavor and aroma and with the best nutritional qualities, the olive oil of Mytilene is a true gift of the Lesvian nature. This world-famous olive oil is a source of health and a fundamental ingredient of modern consumer’s...

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