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The Island of LEROS

Ayia Marina, a small coastal settlement and one of the

two harbors in the island, has expanded with time

and joined up with Platanos, the oldest settlement and

the capitol of the island.

It is the administrative and commercial center and has the most

tourist activity.

From afar it looks like a small city spread out in an

amphithetrical shape between two mountain slopes with

white houses which stretch from the waterfront all the

 way to the foot of Kastro. (Fortress)



Many traditional two-story houses have been preserved in Platanos

and among them are numerous mansions so densely built that they create

narrow, picturesque lanes which lure the visitor down them.

To savour the nostalgic atmosphere of the old town, Avlaki with its fountains

with the pure water from the Paliaskloupi spring, or to visit the old windmill.

Town-Hall is housed in two neoclassical buildings and next to it is an

authentic traditional coffeehouse, the "Lerian Club’ one of the few that

have survived today.

Platanos and Ayia Marina, now indissolubly connected communities have the

largest market on the island. It is a beautiful, small and hospitable town which

has a lot to offer you, from its modern stores, where you can buy anything your

heart desires, to the beguiling view from the fabulous Panayia Kastro. Built on

top of Apityki hill, it stands commandingly above Ayia Marina, controlling the

entire region with a panoramic view over the boundless blue Aegean Sea from

Patmos to Kalymnos and beyond to the shores of Asia Minor. If you enjoy a

romantic hike, you can reach it by ascending through the neighborhoods of

Platanos going toward Ayia Paraskevi and from there you take the path

with its approximately 500 stairs. For those in a hurry there is a

comfortable automobile road. The Byzantine castle which was founded on the

ruins of the ancient acropolis of Leros in the 7th century A .D. and completed

during the time of Knights of St. John and the Venetians, is well- maintained.

In its time it was impregnable with three ramparts and offered a sure refuge

to the inhabitants during periods of hostile incursions.



The church of the Panayia stands out among the three

small churches at Kastro; it lies on the west side and is the

most important religious site the Lerians have. It has a

iconostasis with gold inlays and icons worthy of note.

There are many legends surrounding the icon of the Blessed

Virgin of Kastro and the mystery of her power. In the

Ecclesiastical Museum, which is housed in a new building

next to the church, there are displays of rare manuscripts

and holy books, precious icons, sacred vestments and

other ecclesiastical articles. There are large

underground storerooms and water cisterns at the castle.



Photos taken by the Captain on Leros Island


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