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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.03.2017

THERES NOTHING AS LOVELY AS MARY IN THE MORNING !

 
  
  
 
 
 
    

 

 

> FOR VISITORS GOING  TO KYTHERA IN AUGUST ... by  Stephen Trifyllis


For all those who will be in kythera late august , there is a church service that perhaps many of you dont know about , the church services are held at . PALIOCHORA... in a very old church called '' e kerrea tou fouro '' [ lady of the tax ] unusual name for a church but thats another story , the services that are held there are the memorial services for the 9 days of the falling asleep of the virgin mary .... after the main services  at myrtithia on the 15th august  , they are held in perhaps one of the most significent fotress's on the island ... paliochora.... a place of dwellings  with animals  , crops,water wells, it was an entire community   for kytherians some 600 years ago to protect themselves from the turkish pirates that attacked  kythera and other parts of greece ,for many of us its the place where we have our family beginnings , after the pirate era period ceased , the people that survived the Turkish pirates,   left the fort of agios dimitrios  as it was called and set up villages such as  potamos ,trifyllianika  melitianika, logothatianika , aroniathika  and surrounding  villages north and to  the centre of the island ..... these church services have been held in late august every year in paliochora for hundreds of years in the same church which is in remarkable good condition , a resident from trifyllianika told me when he was a young boy, at last years service he could remember 30 to 40 donkeys parked outside the church as  that's how people travelled around the island ,  but unfortunently as the years go by the attendaces have been getting smaller and smaller ,!! it is now up to this current geneartion of the island vistotrs to attend so as not for this special day of worship not to completely disappear , it would be a shame for these services to cease , as our ancestors would have gone to these services, as i keep saying, kythera is not only for, sitting in platias gossiping , drinking coffees , going to beach parties , making movies , going to bars and drinking the night away , we must protect the culture of our island as much as possible for future generations  , and you dont have to be religious to attend although they are very moving ceremonies ,  everyone is welcomed, non Greeks , people that are holidaying in kythera from Athens and other places of Greece , this is the real historic kythera .., it is also a great opportunity to explore the magnificent fortress, the other churches and ruins of this spectacular fortess of kythera ...if you havent been to paliochora this is a perfect way of seeing kytherian history and help save a wonderful church service , after the morning service ,  coffee and the best kytherian sweets are served outside the church and people can mingle and meet new people from kythera and other countries and discover more about the island .....PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CULTURE  AND VALUES OF OUR BELOVED ISLAND !!  ... and honour our past and protect the  future  , our ancestors attended these smaller type church services in the various villages around the island !!!  respect and never forget the way they lived  and leaving their families to migrate to other countries   ......dates for the paliochora 9 days mary services are .... the evening of the 23rd august around 7pm.... and the morning service on the 24th august commencing around 8am .... if you neeed more information i will be in kythera mid July to early September... my Greek mobile number is 6984778201 or my Australian number is... 0412 729927 .... ... ... there are two ways of getting to paliochora, you can walk the marked track from trifyllianika, which starts next to the little church [agios jannis ]  in the square of the village , which takes about 40 minutes  .. that's how it was done in the old days by foot and donkeys.... or these days you can drive on a good sealed and dirt road to the fortress, look for the signs on the main road between the village of potamos and just before the village of aroniathika ....please try to attend one of these wonderful services in a magic place of the island .. i look forward to meeting all that attend .. would be nice to see current committee members from the kytherian associations... of new south wales, Queensland  and Canberra, there are lots of you on the island during that period and  you should attend this event after all you are the main promoters of the island in Australia and you all should attend one of the services ... xpona polla ....

please note .... wear a hat , flat shoes , sport type shoes , no open shoes . bring water as it is a very hot period of the summer ,once you have reached paliochora by the road way, there is a small track leading down to the church so please wear the suitable  foot wear .....and a special thank you to our good friends at SUMMER EDITION   for sponsoring and promoting this kytherian event .. thank you ... ....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.03.2017

FOR VISITORS GOING TO KYTHERA IN AUGUST ...

FOR VISITORS GOING TO KYTHERA IN AUGUST ... by  Stephen Trifyllis

For all those who will be in kythera late august , there is a church service that perhaps many of you dont know about , the church services are held at . PALIOCHORA... in a very old church called '' e kerrea tou fouro '' [ lady of the tax ] unusual name for a church but thats another story , the services that are held there are the memorial services for the 9 days of the falling asleep of the mary .... after the main services  at myrtithia on the 15th august  , they are held in perhaps one of the most significent fotress's on the island ... paliochora.... a place of dwellings  with animals  , crops,water wells, it was an entire community   for kytherians some 600 years ago to protect themselves from the turkish pirates that attacked  kythera and other parts of greece ,for many of us its the place where we have our family beginnings , after the pirate era period ceased , the people that survived the Turkish pirates,   left the fort of agios dimitrios  as it was called and set up villages such as  potamos ,trifyllianika  melitianika, logothatianika , aroniathika  and surrounding  villages north and to  the centre of the island ..... these church services have been held in late august every year in paliochora for hundreds of years in the same church which is in remarkable good condition , a resident from trifyllianika told me when he was a young boy, at last years service he could remember 30 to 40 donkeys parked outside the church as  that's how people travelled around the island ,  but unfortunently as the years go by the attendaces have been getting smaller and smaller ,!! it is now up to this current geneartion of the island vistotrs to attend so as not for this special day of worship not to completely disappear , it would be a shame for these services to cease , as our ancestors would have gone to these services, as i keep saying, kythera is not only for, sitting in platias gossiping , drinking coffees , going to beach parties , making movies , going to bars and drinking the night away , we must protect the culture of our island as much as possible for future generations  , and you dont have to be religious to attend although they are very moving ceremonies ,  everyone is welcomed, non Greeks , people that are holidaying in kythera from Athens and other places of Greece , this is the real historic kythera .., it is also a great opportunity to explore the magnificent fortress, the other churches and ruins of this spectacular fortess of kythera ...if you havent been to paliochora this is a perfect way of seeing kytherian history and help save a wonderful church service , after the morning service ,  coffee and the best kytherian sweets are served outside the church and people can mingle and meet new people from kythera and other countries and discover more about the island .....PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CULTURE  AND VALUES OF OUR BELOVED ISLAND !!  ... and honour our past and protect the  future  , our ancestors attended these smaller type church services in the various villages around the island !!!  respect and never forget the way they lived  and leaving their families to migrate to other countries   ......dates for the paliochora 9 days mary services are .... the evening of the 23rd august around 7pm.... and the morning service on the 24th august commencing around 8am .... if you neeed more information i will be in kythera mid July to early September... my Greek mobile number is 6984778201 or my Australian number is... 0412 729927 .... ... ... there are two ways of getting to paliochora, you can walk the marked track from trifyllianika, which starts next to the little church [agios jannis ]  in the square of the village , which takes about 40 minutes  .. that's how it was done in the old days by foot and donkeys.... or these days you can drive on a good sealed and dirt road to the fortress, look for the signs on the main road between the village of potamos and just before the village of aroniathika ....please try to attend one of these wonderful services in a magic place of the island .. i look forward to meeting all that attend .. would be nice to see current committee members from the kytherian associations... of new south wales, Queensland  and Canberra, there are lots of you on the island during that period and  you should attend this event after all you are the main promoters of the island in Australia and you all should attend one of the services ... xpona polla ....

please note .... wear a hat , flat shoes , sport type shoes , no open shoes . bring water as it is a very hot period of the summer ,once you have reached paliochora by the road way, there is a small track leading down to the church so please wear the suitable  foot wear .....and a special thank you to our good friends at SUMMER EDITION   for sponsoring and promoting this kytherian event .. thank you ... .... see you in church !!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA

the bishop of the island attends the church service at paliochora on the 24th august .. the 9 days for the virgin mary ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA CHURCH

wonderful setting for the 9 days memorial sercive for the virgin mary at paliochora .. 23rd and 24th august .. please place in your kytherian stay must attend ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 01.03.2017

FOR PEOPLE VISITING KYTHERA IN AUGUST ..

 For  all those  who  will be in kythera late august , there is a church service that perhaps many of you dont know about , the church services are held at     . PALIOCHORA... in a very old church called '' e kerrea tou fouro '' [ lady of the tax ] unusual name for a church but thats another  story , the services that are held there are the memorial services for the 9 days of the falling asleep of the mary .... they are held in  perhaps one of the most significent fotress's  on the island ... paliochora.... a place of dwellings for kytherians some 600 years ago to protect themselves from the turkish pirates that attacked  kythera and other parts of greece ,for many of us its the place where we have our family beginnings , these church services have been held in late august in paliochora for hundreds of years in the same church which is in remarkable good condition , but unfortunently as the years go by the attendaces have ben getting smaller and smaller ,!!  it is  now up to this current geneartion of the island vistotrs to attend so as not for this special day of worship not to completely   disappear  , it would be a shame for these services to cease  , as our ancestors would have gone to these services, as i keep saying, kythera is not only for sitting in platias gossiping , going to beach parties , making movies , going to bars and drinking the night away , we must protect the culture of our island as much as possible , and you dont have to be religious to attend although they are very moving ceremonies  , it is also a great opportunity  to explore the magnificent fortress, the  other churches  and ruins of this  spectacular fortess of kythera ...if you havent been to paliochora  this is a perfect way of seeing kytherian history and help save a wonderful church service , after the morning service a morning coffee and the best kytherian sweets are served outside the church and people can mingle and meet new people from kythera and other countries and discover more about the island .....PLEASE SUPPORT OUR   CULTURE...  and honour our past ,  our relations attended  these smaller type church services in the various  villages around the island !!  the dates for the paliochora 9 days   mary services are .... the evening of the 23rd august  around 7pm.... and the morning service on the 24th august commencing around 8am .... if you neeed more information you  can call me ...0412 729927... hope to see you there ... xpona polla ....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA CHURCH

inside a lovely little church at paliochora for the annual virgin mary 9 days memorial service on the evening of the 23rd and morning of the 24th august ... come this year its worth it !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA

church service held at paliochora every 23rd and 24th august in the church on the right of photo for the 9 days of the mary...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

paliochora church..

church service held at palochora [ the church on the left ] fpr the 9 days of the mary .. held on the evening of the 23rd and morning of the 24th ..of august

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA CHURCH SERVICE

wonderful  church service held at palochora on the evening of the 23rd amd morning of the 24th august for the 9 days memorial service for the mary , at the evening service the bishop of the island attends  the service in the heart of palochora ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 28.02.2017

PALIOCHORA CHURCH

palochora church service for the 9 days memorial of the virgin  mary on the 23rd and 24th august ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 01.11.2016

on watch !

majestic panayia despina near the village of Karava  with her commanding ocean and mainland views

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.10.2016

Brisbane panayias celebration luncheon

over 300 people attended the kytherian assocation of Queensland tis panayias feast day for the 24th september .. the celebration was held on sunday the 22nd october and  was a huge success with lots of queensland kytherians turning out for  the luncheon to honour our panayia myrtidiotissa...the day featured a huge buffet luncheon, the young kytherian spaletta dancers ,music , jumping castles , soccer clinics .. great to see young families and chidren atteding.. the day was a huge success with kytherians atteding to honour one  of the islands main saint days .. well done to all !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.10.2016

feast for a panayia

 big brisbane turn out for tis panayias feast day luncheon in Brisbane 22nd october .. the day was orginised  by the kytherian assocation of Queensland ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.10.2016

lots of love in the room !

inside the main area of myrtidiotissa , showing the magificent main room of the church .. and on the right is where the panyia icon is kept

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.10.2016

arc de myrtithia..

back view of myrtithia, with the olive groves  in the foreground ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.10.2016

'' stopped into a church i passed along the way ''

lovely little church just passed myrtithia , called agios nikolas perched on the side of the mountain with magnifucent ocean views , the church is unlocked and you may enter to light a candel , all churches in greece facing the ocean are called agios nikolas who protects all at sea ..so next time you are at myrtithia take the road past the monastery and visit this lovely church ....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 04.10.2016

riders on the storm !

threating wild storm in early august as the large clouds roll across the village of trifyllianika at a church service at agios jannis just before the 15th august , but its bark was worse than the bite.. as no rain fell that evening.. but it looked wild !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 29.09.2016

agios sortiras ...

lovely church at aroniathika , agios soutiras on the side of the main road with potamos in the background ...vouthsas !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.09.2016

you are my rock

wonderful litte church on the west side of the island  just behind myrtithia which you can drive there and the church is opened, agios nickolas commands magnificent ocean views and protects  all at sea...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 23.09.2016

the kytherian tis panagias !

big day tomorrow for all kytherians its the  feast of panagia myrtidiotissa [ our lady of the myrtles] , big church service at myrtithia, and the dance at agia pelagia .. so xpona polla to everyone