Mantamados

Mantamados lies 37 km to the north of Mytilene. Its location is in a valley, not visible from the sea and it was probably chosen for the protect it offered against invaders. It is suggested that the town’s name possibly comes from cattle that once used to graze in the area and were called “mantades”.

Mantamados is well known for Monastery of Taxiarches whose church was built before 1700 and rebuilt in 1879. Taxiarches is the patron saint of the area and the Airforce (you might have wondered about the plane). Read more…

Located in the center of the village is the less well known church of Agios Vasileios built in 1750. The church has some of the most intricate carvings to be found anywhere in Greece and is most certainly worth a visit. Read more…

The occupation of the people is mainly the cultivation of olive trees and livestock but there is a tradition of pottery in the area and Mantamados in particular. Read more…

The Agricultural Cooperative of Madamados dates from 1929 when the olive-oil cooperative named ‘Athena’ was founded. Today the Cooperative owns the Olive Press Factory, Cheese Factory and retail shop opposite the monastery.


 

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