Sightseeing

AGIA MARINA-PLATANOS

The two coastal settlements of the island are now a single residential complex. Many houses of Agia Marina are built near the sea and then "climb" on Merovigli hill. In the harbour you will find the ruins of the medieval fortress Bourtzi, the picturesque lighthouse, the big pier with the shipyard and a windmill built on the sea level. Just above the harbour stands the cruciform church of Agia Marina, built in 1933. The neighbouring hill, which is called Apityki, hosts the houses of Platanos and on top of it stands the triple wall of the castle of Mary. Platanos, the administrative centre of the island, owes its name to the tree on Roussou square. In the neighbourhoods of Platanos the island folk architecture co-exists with the neo-classicism of the interwar period.

  • Important religious monuments are the temples of the Holy Cross, Transfiguration of the Saviour and Agia Paraskevi.

LAKKI

Imposing buildings lining up on the seafront, a well-designed layout, lots of trees and public parks are the distinctive features of this town, which has little resemblance to other islands in Greece. Lakki was a fishing village before 1912 and the occupation of the Dodecanese from the Italians. They founded a dockyard here and then a brand new city named Porto Lago. Take special note of¨

  • the cyclical market with the clock in the center of the settlement
  • the building of the current hotel "Leros" (former Roma) featuring also a theatre
  • the elementary school with the circular patio
  • the fancy old Italian customs station
  • the orthodox church of St. Nicholas (former Roman Catholic church of St. Francis) and
  • the town hall.

The buildings have a distinctive cubist logic with the complete absence of ornamentation, the blank surfaces and the skylights. They were designed by pioneers of modernism, such as the architects R. Petracco and A. Bernabiti.

PANTELIOU (PANAGIAS) CASTLE

It crowns Apityki hill, over Platanos, and with its presence it controlled the bays of Agia Marina and Panteliou. Today parts of the triple wall, five churches and other dilapidated buildings have survived. The outer perimeter was reinforced in the 15th century by the Knights.

  • Visit the church of Virgin Mary on the north-western part of the exterior court, the church of the Holy Trinity with frescoes of the 15th century and Agios Nikolaos.
  • Access to the castle is either by stairs ascending from Platanos or by car from Panteli.

ALINTA

The vast beach of Alinta is the most developed tourist area on the island, with an abundance of hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, bars and water sports facilities. Here you will find the tower Beleni, within which operates a Folklore and Historical museum, and the building of the Municipal Guest House, which was built in the years of the Italian occupation and was the first hotel in Leros.

  • An early-Christian shrine with mosaic floors was discovered, dedicated to Virgin Mary Galatiani, was discovered in its courtyard.

XIROCAMBOS

It is the southernmost village of Leros, with houses scattered in a small valley surrounded by olive, almond and cypress trees. At the top of the adjacent hill are the ruins of the castle. In close proximity you will find the church of Virgin Mary Kavouradena, half of which was built on a recessed seaside rock.

PALAIOKASTRO

The oldest fort on the island, is strategically located 70 metres above the settlement of Xilokambos. The north-eastern court is extremely secured, built with squared blocks. In the early Christian years a large basilica dominated the top of the hill. This position is currently occupied by a smaller chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary. In its courtyard there are mosaic fragments from the older temple.

AGIA KIOURA (MATRONA)

This church was built in the 18th century north of the settlement Partheni. Notice the icons, as they are far from the clichés of Orthodox iconography. In the years of the Junta, the church was ramshackle, until a group of exiled artists, Tsakiris, Karagiannis and Tzaneteas, with Manolis Glezos, took the initiative to preserve it. Before its occupation, they managed to depict the martyrdom of the saints and the Passion of Christ, inspired by real persons, i.e. their fellow inmates, women of Leros and gendarmes.

MUSEUMS

  • Archaeological museum. It is housed in a neoclassical building of 1882, in Agia Marina. Its exhibits relate to prehistoric finds and objects from the ancient and medieval times. Open Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30-14.30, tel.: +30 22470 24775.
  • War museum (Merikia tunnel). A fort of the Italian army made ​​in the 1930’s. In its imposing tunnels you can see a large number of exhibits from the Second World War, such as weapons, maps, photographs and uniforms of the era. In the surrounding space there are decommissioned military vehicles. Open during the summer daily, from 09.30 to 13.30. Tel.: +30 22470 22109 & 28035.
  • Beleni tower (History & Folklore museum). The building is a representative sample of Italian eclecticism with romanic and neo-Gothic elements. It was built in 1927 by Parisis Belenis, a wealthy Greek from Egypt and a benefactor of Leros. Its showcases include costumes, china, embroidery, church utensils, musical instruments and antique furniture. You can also see the permanent exhibition of the once exiled in Leros painter K. Tsakiris, the military surgery that operated in the building and other artefacts from the Second World War. Open Tuesday - Sunday 9.00-13.00 and 18.00-21.00, tel.: +30 22470 25040.

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