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Church of St. Theodora

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The church of Saint Theodora is a unique phenomenon and is one of the most remarkable sights of Arcadia. The church was built between 1050-1100 in honor of the Martyr Theodora. Located near the village of Megalopolis,Vasta,in an idyllic wooded ravine with dense forest of huge oaks.

Road access is from  Isari after a beautiful downhill, half an hour. In this small church the nature has created miracles. Seventeen huge trees are germinated on the roof, while on the foundations  bubbling waters of a headland are gushing. However, according to tradition, the martyr testified to her faith and was executed there by the pursuers. Shortly before executed, she prayed: “Lord … In my memory grow trees that bear witness to your protection to my purity. And my blood be water to irrigate. Amen.” So after her death seventeen trees that withstand any wind miraculously sprouted around the temple.

500 m. from the church, following the headboard is the “Watermill” magical place surrounded by green. It was formerly a watermill. In its place today there is a holiday resort. The mechanism of the mill has been restored by the owners and operating normally.

The church attracts every year thousands of pilgrims and visitors. Celebration on September 11.