The chapel of Panayia Plataniotissa is a rare natural and religious phenomenon. We will visit it together in one of our excursions / day breaks during your stay at Agroville. The chapel is on the western bank of the Kerinitis river, 12 km. north-west of Kalavrita, right next to the Plataniotissa village.
The chapel is present for several centuries in α cavity formed by three adjoining plane trees. To be more precise, the cavity hosting the chapel was created when three plane trees grew together and formed a cavity between their trunks, resembling one large plane tree when viewed from the outside. Upon closer observation, one will notice a fourth plane tree present in the complex, which has atrophied and could not grow further as a result of pressure from the other three trees. The phenomenon is quite unique indeed worldwide, and the estimated age of the plane trees is over 1,000 years old!
The chapel forming in the cavity is lit by a small window at the south-east of the tree and the small doorway at the entrance. The inside of the plane tree is not entirely smooth and semicircular cavities have formed at places.
On the inside the chapel is divided into two unequal parts: The Bema, where a priest with their deacon or associate may perform the Christian Liturgy, and the main chapel area which can accommodate approximately 15 worshippers.
A prominent feature in the chapel which will impress you is the icon of the Panayia Vrefokratousa (loosely translated as “Infant-bearing Virgin Mary”). The icon is engraved on the inside of the plane tree, at a height of 3 meters aboveground. According to tradition the icon was engraved on the inside of the plane tree when monks from the Megalo Spileo attempted to salvage the icon of Panayia Vrefokratousa and transferred it to several locations. One night, they spent the night inside the cavern of the plane tree. In the morning, when they picked up the icon to be on their way, they were amazed to see its engraving present where the icon had been laid. The chapel celebrates every September 8th.
Together we will visit Panayia Plataniotissa and show you up close this unique marvel of nature. Visit Agroville in order to live real ecotourism experiences, discover splendid locations and admire lovely landscapes in special destinations.
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