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Agios Ioannis Theologos

It is a Byzantine temple that was built in Lakki in the 11th century onto the ruins of an early Christian church, from which there are still some preserved mosaics. After the repairs and additions that took place in the 18th and 19th century, it turned into a three-aisled basilica with a semicircular portico. On the wall of the northwest side, there is a representation of Saint Maria of Egypt that dates back to the 13th century. 
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Agios Isidoros

It is one of the most picturesque chapels of Leros, situated on the beach Kokkali, in the north part of the cove of Gourna. This small whitewashed chapel is located up on a rock, 50m from the coast. However, it is connected with the coast by means of a concrete pier. If you swim up to here wearing a mask, you will be able to see ruins from ancient buildings in the seabed.   
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Panagia Kavouradena

It is a beautiful chapel half of which is built in the recess of a marine rock to the south-east of Xirokambos. In order to find it, you have to follow the coastal road until the bell tower and, then, follow the gradual path that leads to its threshold. Lower from the small temple, there is the place, where, according to the tradition, a fisherman from Kalymnos took out of the sea a little portable icon of Theotokos that was guarded by crabs. It celebrates on 15 August.   
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Agia Kioura (Matrona)

It is a single-roomed arched church that was built in the 18th century on a peninsula to the north of the settlement Partheni. There are really original religious paintings on its walls that are not congruent with the Byzantine style. On the contrary, they refer to modernism. During the dictatorship, the temple was desert, until a group of political prisoners including Manolis Glezos and the visual artists Kir. Tsakiris, Ant. Karagiannis and T. Tzaneteas decided to repair it.
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Panagia tou Kastrou

It is situated on the west side of the castle in Pandeli, which has its name. It is quite impressive due to its white arches. In this place, there was a temple dedicated to Panagia since the 11th century. The imposing arched temple has taken its current form in 1719, after the expansion of a smaller earlier church. The gold gilded iconostasis, the Episcopal throne and the pulpit were constructed in 1745. The protecting icon of the island, Theotokos Vrefokratousa, is hosted here. Its healing fame is widespread all over the Dodecanese. A significant person of the 20th century, the nun Gavriilia Papagianni, is buried in an old grave, in the nave of the temple. The monastery holds a celebration on 15 and 23 August.     Infο Next to the temple, there is an Ecclesiastical museum/vestry into which you can see valuable icons, manuscripts and holy relics that are being preserved. It is open on a daily basis.  
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The Monastery of Agii Aggeli

It is also known as Kira ton Aggelon and it is located in the hinterland of the island, between Kolouki and Drimonas. The monastery constitutes a votive offering by the nun Gavriilia (Papagianni), who, after many years of missionary and humanitarian activity, died here in 1922. The first stone was laid in 1994 by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The catholicon and the east side were built by the sisters in Christ and minions of the nun, while the other three sides were constructed thanks to the Metropolis of Leros, Kalymnos and Astypalaia. The landscape is desert, evocative and it reminds us of Karoulia of Mount Athos. The early Christian ruins in conjunction with the church of Apostolos Petros show that Christianity dominated in the area for several centuries. There is a celebration twice a year, on 26/3 and on 6/9. 
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