Traveler's Guide

East Macedonia & Thrace

Tour at the ruins of old monasteries in Papikio


In Papikio mountain and particularly the section of the Rhodope Mountains between the rivers Kompsatos and Traos it had been developed the first Byzantine monastic state. After the raids of Francs and the Bulgarian, the state gradually moved to Athos mountain and the last monastery was closed at around 1200 AD. Archaeologists brought to light many important ruins of the monasteries of the area with the Linos’ monastery to be the most significant. The visit is thought to be difficult and mainly for skilled researchers who need to come into contact with the 15th Byzantine Antiquities of Komotini.

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