Rhodes Acropolis of Ialyssos – Monastery of Kira tou Filerimou (Our Lady of Filerimos)

Next to the archaeological site of the acropolis of Ialyssos is located the monastery of Kira tou Filerimou (Our Lady of Filerimos). It is said that it was built in the 14th century by a wealthy Knight, who lived there as a hermit; hence, the name “Filerimos” derives, which means “he who loves solitude”.

Outside the fenced area of the monastery of Kira tou Filerimou Golgotha starts, a path that leads to the other side of the hilltop. On the right side, every few meters there is a stone shrine. There are 14 shrines in total and they all have a copper engraving representing the Passion of Jesus. They were designed by the Italian sculptor Antonio Mairani.

Golgotha leads to a clearing with a panoramic view of the bay of Trianta and the valley of Maritsa. There is a big cross here, 16m high, donated by the Lions organization (1992).

The monastery was inaugurated in 1931 and was inhabited by friars of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans). The friars made the Sette Herbe (seven herbs), a liqueur suitable for indigestion, based on a recipe, which they kept secret. The Sette Ηerbe can still be found today and you can purchase some at the stall that has been set in front of the monastery.

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