Religious legend of Serres
Close of Serres is found the Monastery of Prodromos, a Byzantine monument of extraordinary beauty built in 1270 and served as the residence for Gennadios Scholarios, the first Patriarch after the invasion of Ottomans at the capital of Byzantium; Constantinople. You will admire the old church, the cellar, the common areas, the small museum and the room that exhibits few tailor made products by the monks. From the Monastery you will then head towards a magnificent gorge which after 1hrs of trekking along the river, you will reach the isolated village of Lakkoi. This journey of religious and natural beauty can be of a serious reason to be back in Serres again and again.
10:00 Departure from Serres to explore the natural, the religious and the historical beauty around the city of Serres
Arrival to Prodromos Monastery that was built in 1270 and it’s considered to be a monument of byzantine art. On 1300, Ioanikios built the altar and the surrounding walls. From 1457, after the fall of Constantinople, the monastery became home of the Patriarch, Gennadius Scholarius who lived there until his death in 1473. In 1917 the monastery was plundered by Bulgarians that looted 24 gospels, 1500 old books, 200 manuscripts and many other objects of high value. On 1986 a female fraternity has settled in the quiet destroyed and took ich started an extensive work of maintenance and reconstruction of the monastery.
Afterwards you walk towards a magnificent gorge which makes part of the European trail network E4 & E6. From that point a 1½ hours trekking trail along the river, old bridges and Agia Paraskevi pilgrimage will take you to the isolated village of Lakkoi where we will enjoy a wonderful picnic by the river.
14h00 return back to Serres.
- Transportation by luxury vehicle
- Visits, tours and entrance fees as per program
- Trekking at Prodromos gorge
- Snack and soft drink by the river
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Cultural themes & activities
4hrs historic – religious tour
Daily on request (10:00-14:00)
- Serres (Elpida Resort Hotel)
- St. John Monastery
- Hiking in the gorge
- Church of Agia Paraskevi
- The isolated village of Lakkoi
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