|With our realtors, on our own and with friends our search continued|
From olive groves to gorges, we spent our last few days in Greece exploring "possibilities' with our realtors and even with friends who were kind enough to escort us. We also set out on our own several times. The one thing that becomes very clear when searching for property is:
When you get off the beaten tourist path there is always a treasure to be discovered!
|The Gulf of Messina and Kardamyli|
Our destination was an area just outside the village. We set off on a rather bumpy dirt road because that is often where you find the most interesting of houses for sale.
It wasn’t long before we came upon a small brown directional sign that alerted us to a church somewhere ahead that obviously had some historical significance.
By this point in our home search/purchase process we were easily swayed from our task. We decided to table our search to find and explore the church in this scantily populated area.
We parked the car under the shade of this ancient olive tree and set out in the direction of distant, but distinct, goat bells; their dull clanking calling us to the old church where the animals grazed. . .
As was the case in so many places we visited – wonderful, enchanting historic sites – we were the only ones there. In this case we had two or three grazing goats who had greeted, then, ignored us.
Signage explained the structure was the old Katholikon of Agio Theodoroi, (Saint Theordoroi) and dates back to the 13th Century. At some time in history it was severely damaged by an earthquake and restoration measures have brought it back to its present condition. Sadly, its door was locked as its interior is decorated with murals also dating as far back as the 13th Century.
This carved stone basin just outside its door caught our attention.
What was it used for?
When had it last been used?
We peered and poked around – desires to look at real estate completely forgotten with this treasure to be explored. We didn’t touch the walls so fragile looking that it seemed the slightest touch could topple them, yet obviously strong enough to withstand centuries of wear and tear.
Our curiosity satisfied we returned to our original task. . .but we’ll long remember this topsy-turvy treasure that we discovered off the beaten path:
|Katholikon of Agio Theodoroi|
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