Church of the Archangels in Milies
The Church of the Archangels is one of the major attractions in Milies.
It is located in the center of the village, on the main square, and is easily accessible for both visitors who have come by car, and for those who visit Milies by the historic train of Pelion, "Moutzouris".
Without be known the exact date of its construction - unknown is the designer, manufacturer and painter, too – it is one of the most important buildings in the village. From an inscription located above the gate, at the side of the temple, we learn that it was renovated in 1741.
The temple is dedicated to Pammegisti Archangels and to All Saints. Its style is three-aisled basilica with twelve indoor domes and consists of the narthex and the nave. The two parts of the church are characterized by their wonderful and impressive frescoes, such as St. Sishoy of Coptic Christians of Egypt in front of the relics of St. Alexander, this of St. Christoforos in the form of a sheep, of Libra Justice, of Beelzebub at the Gates of Hell and the zodiac circle in the vestibule, while in the nave stands the magnificent wooden temple, elaborately hand carved, covered with gold leafs and frescoes by various painters and various styles.
In the internal construction of the temple were used revolutionary and innovative solutions so that to has excellent acoustics and simultaneously to reduce the sound outward. So, under the floor of the temple there is a system of four wells at the corners and one in the center that are communicating each other by crosswise corridors – channels, which ensure the leaks, while strengthening the bass sounds, and at the bases of the domes there are built forty-eight upside jars, four at each dome, strengthening the treble sounds. The whole audio system was proved outstanding and internationally recognized. Indeed, in 2000 was organized, with a specific approval of the Ministry of Culture, in the church, a choir festival of Bach music and vocal art of religious music.
Outside the temple is a typical example of local traditional architecture, constructed in a manner that does not reveal the true nature of the building, due to the Turkish occupation, without bell-tower, with conventional roof, with no windows, and other ecclesiastical traces.
The Archangels Church has another remarkable historical point, since here, on May 7, 1821, Anthimos Gazes raised the flag of revolution and heralded the revolt against the Turkish yoke. The flag survives until today in the library of Milies "Psyhi Akos" at the upper side of the square. A duplicate of the flag exists at the Folklore Museum of Milies.
Access to the Church
- By car. The distance from Volos, the capital of the county, is 28 km via a good road trip. On your return, you can take the alternative route Milies - Vyzitsa - Pinakates – St. Georgios Nilia - St. Vlasios - Ano Lehonia - Volos. The total distance of this route is a bit longer but worth it, once you will pass and you will see beautiful and remarkable places of this corner of Pelion.
In the area around and near the church, you will find several parking spaces.
By bus. There is a regular bus service from Volos to Milies and to the surrounding villages.
Bus Tel: 24210.33.254, 8001135555 (number free of charge)
- By train. By the historic train of Pelion after a beautiful trip of about a half an hour, you will reach Ano Lehonia station of Milies. From the station to reach the central square you will need to follow the traditional stone uphill path that starts shortly after the station.
For your stay in Magnesia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Milies, as well as in many other areas of Pelion, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can find list of hotels and rooms to let, as well as special offers for low cost holidays, in the list of lodgings in the area and the accommodation offers and deals.
You can access Magnesia by car through the road network.
The best way to explore the area is to have your own car and is worth to visit places that are not accesible by the local public transport and tours.
Moving around within Magnesia is made possible by using the bus from Magnesia, with regular routes between areas.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.
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