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The contribution of the Society of Hellenes Abroad to religious tourism
“Religious tourism is limited to Greeks abroad as well as those foreigners (Orthodox or not) who show a relative interest. They are pilgrims and they also encourage the foreigners who are interested. The focal points of interest especially for the foreigners is Agio Oros (the Holy Mountain) and Meteora. Additionally, the Greeks visit the religious monuments of their special place of origin like Monasteries, shrines etc”, underlined in an interview to “In-On” magazine the Metropolitan of Proikonnisos Joseph Harkiolakis (secular name: Emmanuel Ant. Harkiolakis). (Article)
Prefecture of Lassithi.
“Vidiani monastery is situated on the northwest side of Lassithi plateau and it owes its name to Vidos, its founder. It is dedicated to the Life-giving Fountain. The building of the monastery started in 1854. On the 30th of May 1867, the newly-built monastery was burnt down by Pasha Omar’s troops that conquered Lassithi. (Article)