Monastery of Panagia Spiliani

Pithagorio 831 03, Greece


Northwest of Pythagorion in Samos, at an altitude of 125 meters above the sea level lies the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, or the Virgin of the Cave.

This small church is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary and it is built inside a large cave. The church hosts a marble icon of the Virgin Mary that is considered miraculous.

According to a legend, the icon was stolen by some strangers and while they were unloading from the boat, the icon fell into the sea and broke into pieces. Over a long period of time, the pieces carried by the sea traveled back to the island of Samos.

At that time the locals collected the pieces and the icon was put back to its original position.
Behind the church is a spring with holy water.