While pottering around Kassiopi, we came across this lovely little church. I love Greek Orthodox Churches, they are so emotional, complex and lovely, compared to the more utilitarian churches that i have seen elsewhere. If Churches are supposed to be houses of God, then by heck, lets make it look like a House, eh? not a showroom. Anyway.
A plaque hung on the wall. It says
“this temple, dedicated to the Holy and Glorious Virgin Mary, was destroyed from the barbaric Turkish Pirates. Further to was reconstructed by Peter Francis Malipetro, Commander of the Triremes and then was expanded by Philippe Pascalino, Commanded of the Adriatic Gulf, in the end it was expanded even more in the year 1590 by Nikolao Surino of the Venetian Fleet, who did that on account of the great devotedness.”
A plaque embedded in the wall. Looks like its written in Latin. Sames something like this is a temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary which was devastated by pirates and then people fixed it up. I guess this is the Latin which is translated above.
Interestingly enough, the Venetians, who made the church, were Roman Catholics, of course. But over the years and when they left, the Church is now Greek Orthodox.
Another interesting story, apparently a blind man (who was deliberately blinded because he was a robber) regained his sight after his mother prayed for him in this church. This was on 8th of May, 1530, before the Turks destroyed the Church. And since then, 8th of May is a local holiday in Kassiopi. The name Kassiopi may come from Cassia, an ancient Roman patrician name. It could also relate to the mother of Andromeda whose name was Cassiopiea. But nobody could tell me nor was the internet any help. Anyway..