Photographer's Note

Skopelos island view IAI GIANNIS AT KASTRI. Shortly before reaching Glossa, om your right, you come across a road that leads to the chapel of Ai Giannis at Kastri.
The chapel of Ai Giannis is at the top of a rock 100 m high and to reach it one must climb about 200 steps cut into the rock. Before the road reaches the sea, there is a tap with water at the chapel of Panagia.
The chapel of Aghios Ioannis is on the top of a sea rock at a height of 100 m. There is no record of when it was actually built. Local history says that a resident saw a glow on the top of the rock one evening, at first he did not give particular significance to this, but it was repeated many times and then in a dream he saw a woman who told him to go to the top of the rock with the other residents and search for an icon there, and so there was. The next day the whole community of the island there and he related what had happened. Then they all began to carve steps into the rock to the top. Once there they found the Aghios Ioannis icon, which was transported to a nearby chapel. The next day they discovered that the icon was not in the church, but back where it had originally been found. They decided to build a chapel on the site to house the icon, because they believed that the saint wished to be there. There are 105 steps carved into the rock leading to the chapel.
The small chapel of Aghios Ioannis on Skopelos Island, became famous all over the world, since it was the setting for Sophie's wedding in famous film "Mamma Mia", in September 2007. The visitor climbs up a well protected staircase cut into the rock. The view from the top is mesmerizing. The small, almost lonely beaches with their green-blue waters among the grey rocks add one more tone of beauty to the area.

Tradition has it that as a fisherman from Glossa was returning from fishing one night, he saw a light at the top of the rock. He would see it every night, until a woman appeared in his sleep and revealed to him that there is an icon at the top. When he climbed to the top, he found the icon of Saint John the Baptist.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8031 W: 23 N: 14647] (91994)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-06-15
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-06-18 6:11
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