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A view from Crithoni towards Alinda.

The neoclassical building in the middle ground is the "Patriatchate", the residence of the Archbishop of Leros, Kalymnos and Astypalea. It was reconstructed about 15 years ago after lying as an abandoned ruin for many years. Maybe it was bombarded in the war, it was in a very poor condition. Now, apart from the Archbishop's residence and office, it's also a conference centre. It has lovely views from its windows and gardens.

Its nickname is due to the Patriarch of Alexandria Sophronius IV who used the original building as a summer home. He was a notorious clergyman who served the Patriarchate of Alexandria from 1870 to his death in 1899, after having been Patriarch of Constantinople from 1863 to 1866.

He loved Leros and assisted in its development. Some greek wealthy families followed him to Leros and built fine neoclassical mansions on the island, mainly in Alinda.
The white chapel next to the "Patriarchate" is called Ayios Sophronios.

Thank you for visiting, a lovely week to all

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