Damasta Monastery

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Category: 
Religion
General description: 

The female Damasta Monastery, is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary, is located in the municipal prefecture of Damasta in a magical landscape. Its early history is not known. The catholic (main church of the monastery) dates back to the 11th century with religious icons dating back to 1818. An epigraph over the lintel of the central gate informs the visitor that the Church was erected with the cost being born by Captain Ioannis Diovouniotis. The Monastery has suffered a lot of destructions with the most significant being the one inflicted in 1821 when the Turks burnt it. The valuable relics and its library were destroyed. The reconstruction of the Monastery should be attributed to offers made by devout Christians. It celebrates on September,8. A version calls for its name which is 'Damasta' to derive from the city Damascus, where the Holy Icon of the Virgin Mary came from. 

Historical description-Flashback: 
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Time periods: 
Byzantine era, Ottoman era
Boundaries: 
Municipality of Lamia - Municipal Section of Gorgopotamos, Local Community of Gorgopotamos
Directions: 

We take the Lamia-Amfissa National Highway, we get pass Bralos junction, a few metres later we turn left.

Transportation: 
Intercity bus, car, taxi
Parking: 
Parking is available near the monastery entrance
Work hours: 
From sunrise to sunset
Authority: 
24th Byzantine Antiquities
General informations: 
Phone: 22310- 82586
Area: 
Damasta
Accessibility for the disabled: 
Yes
Cost: 
Free entrance
Tags: 
Temple

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