One of the beautiful and regularly visited attractions on the island of Rhodes is the Filerimos Mountain and its Monastery!
I personally like to visit this area on a regular basis, and I make a regular walk around the village of Ialyssos before taking the steep and winding road to the top of this mountain where its peak sits at just under 270 meters in height.
If you choose to walk (or take the road by bicycle) it will certainly keep you fit, but it also provides you with beautiful fresh air and great exercise. Do not worry though, for those of you who prefer not to stretch yourself too much, you can also take the same road by car or other means of transport 🙂
Filerimos In Rhodes can be found on the west coast of the island and is approximately 15 Kilometers south of Rhodes City itself. It is lined with beautiful pine trees (among others) and at its peak it offers a breathtaking view of Rhodes City, Ixia, Ialyssos. Kremasti and Diagoras Airport.
Also, on the top of the mountain you will find the ancient archaeological site of the Acropolis of the Ialyssos ancient town with the Temple of Athena Polias.
The Filerimos Mountain Church
The Church situated here dates back to early Christianity. Before this religion became the power that it is today, a lot of the early shrines, temples and altars were converted into churches and this location was one of them.
The church here on Filerimos Mountain in Rhodes was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and since then has been well-known for accommodating The Icon Of The Virgin Of Filerimos! It was brought by a monk from Jerusalem and the name ‘Filerimos’ is named after him.
It is said that this icon stayed on the island of Rhodes until 1523 (from the 13th Century).
The Knights Of Saint John built a Monastery during their occupation, and it is here that the icon was later kept
The Knights later took the Icon to France after the Ottoman Empire took control of Rhodes in 1522. From there it went via Russia, Malta and Italy. The Icon is now located in The National Museum Of Montenegro and has been there since 2002.
Filerimos In Rhodes – The Monastery
It would probably not surprise you to learn that the Monastery built by The Knights Of Saint John was destroyed during the Turkish Rule. As with so many other beautiful structures, the Ottoman Empire left a lot of damage in its trail.
Along with many other structures, the Italians rebuilt this Monastery during their occupation. During their rule it was open and operated by Monks from the Capuchin Order.
War came though, and the Monks left for Italy, and since then the Monastery has been closed.
Even today though, you can visit this wonderful site and have a good look around. It is open to the public and you can visit for a small entrance fee. 3 Euros to be precise.
The Path To The Cross
Although I appreciate and love seeing the Church and Monastery of Filerimos, my favorite area is that of the path to the cross.
What I like most about this, is you walk west along the long path to the cross itself passing 14 concrete stands that display and tell the events that took place from the sentencing of Jesus Christ by Pilate to his ultimate crucifixion.
The Path starts at the sentencing, and ends on Mount Golgotha. The Length of the path is the length Jesus Christ carried the cross on which he was crucified.
Although this is indeed a terrible event, I find it very touching. I walk down here quite often, and every time I do, it makes me shiver. It is wrong to say I like it I suppose.
It is a sad story, in a beautiful setting. I respect it. I think this is a better word.
On a lighter note, the path is lines with peacocks which really do make the path wonderful to walk down. They are scattered in their hundreds and really brighten the area when they open their amazing feathers.
The Cross Itself
The Cross is located at the most western point on Filerimos Mountain. It stands at just under 50 Feet tall (16 Meters) and is made from concrete.
Although it is not always open, at the base of the cross is a door. This leads inside where you can walk up the spiral staircase and stand on the arms of the actual cross.
From here the scenery is unbelievable. It offers you complete tranquility along with some amazing photo opportunities.
My Final Thoughts.
Personally I love Filerimos In Rhodes.
I think the history is amazing, the setting is beautiful and there is a lot to learn.
I never walk away form Filerimos Mountain with disappointment. I will admit though, you will have a better and more meaningful experience if you put on your walking shoes and take the winding road up to the top on foot.
You will appreciate the Monastery and the Path To The Cross all the much more if you have worked for it 🙂
Well, I hope this information sheds some light onto the Mountain Of Filerimos for you, but if you do have any questions or thoughts, feel free to let me know in the comments below. I love to hear from you all and I will get back to you.
Take a look at some photographs I made for you in the gallery below. I hope you like them.
Be sure to enjoy the other attractions on the West Coast Of Rhodes too!
Thanks for reading.
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