Ai Giannis Kastri
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AI GIANNIS KASTRI
Agios Giannis Kastri is a tiny church on the top of a 100-meter rock that is literally in the Aegean Sea. You will need to climb up more than 100 steps in order to get there. But the view alone will reimburse you for your effort. Agios Giannis Kastri is a picturesque monastery and its location offers you a breathing view.
Legend has it that a fisherman from Glossa while returning home one night saw a on the top of the rock a light. This incident reoccurred for several nights until a woman came into his dream and told him that where he sees the light there is an icon. The fisherman climbed to the top of the rock and found the icon of Saint John ( Ai Giannis) the Baptist. He then took it to a different location for safekeeping. But the icon would return to its original place on the top of the rock. After a while, he built a little church to protect the icon.
Agios Ioannis Kastri is also the church the couple from the famous musical Mamma Mia portrayed by Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan got married in. Ai Giannis Kastri is a very popular location. Especially after the shootings of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia took place.
Directions: From Glossa village head towards the provincial road Skopelos- Loutraki and after about 200 meters take a left. You can follow signs for Skopelos Agios Ioannis Kastri. A 5.5 km drive will get you to your destination.