The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Patmos
“Zoodochos Pigi” means the ”life giving source.” The Convent of Zoodochos Pigi was founded in 1607 by the abbot of the monastery of St John the Theologian, Saint Parthenios Pankostas under the patriarch Timothy the 2nd. The Monastery is located southwest of the big Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. To go there you should take walk a sign-posted road from Chora.
The two-storey church is decorated with frescoes from the 16th to the 18th century, while its iconostasis is carved and dated back to the 16th century. The icon of “Panagia Eleoussa” (The Holy Mother of Mercy) in the church of the monastery is considered a miraculous one. Its first recorded miracle dates back to 1956. The monastery was inaugurated in 2007. Inside there is also a small museum with the sacred vessels of the monastery.
The Monastery Today
At present, fifteen nuns occupy themselves with the art of fine needlework and embroidery of clerical vestments. They are also involved in social welfare activities, because the Monastery was to serve as a shelter for widows, orphans, and people with disabilities. These nuns live under strict rules. The monastery is celebrated on Easter Friday. The Holy Monastery is open daily from 08:00 to 12:00am and from 17:00 to 19:30pm (except Saturday afternoons). Again, watch out your appearance to when you enter, meaning, you should wear long-legged trousers if you are a man and long skirt and a sleeved T-shirt if you are a woman.