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Agios Thalelaios

Agios Thalelaios is a small and graphic dorp of Naxos Municipality, with 85 permanent residents, who deal mainly with agriculture and is built in feet of hill “Saint Fokas”. In front of the village is stretched out a beautiful valley with gardens that are irrigated by wells as there are no running waters. It is located 5 kilometres far away from the capital of the island and it is the first from the 4 dorps that constitute the municipal apartment of Melanes.

The houses are built the one next to the other and the alleys are closely without particular architecture. Most of the houses are small and ground floor. It took the name after the homonym Saint Thalelaio the Thaumaturge that celebrates on 20 May.

The church of the saint is double aisle. It is not precisely known when it was built, but in the exterior wall exists a faint sign of 1501A.C. : “ΤΟΥ DΟULΟU ΜΟΝΑCHΟU IGΟUΜΕΝΟU SΑGRΕDΟC (1501)” ( of the Superior Monk Sagredos) .At the past years existed a marble piece with an embossed form of the superior monk, but was disappeared the last years, probably someone stole it..

Saint Thalailaios lived in 284 A.C. , in the ages of king Noumerianos. He came from Lebanon and was the son of Veroukios and Polimia. He endured a lot of tortures in order to kiss the Idolatry and in end he was decapitated. He had studied doctor and he offered his services without taking money (Anargyros). Even today are being reported miracles. In his memory is chanted the sequence that was written by Saint Petros Nikodimos, the Mount Athon's monk, in the 1972. At the spacious courtyard of the church it was and still is organized the most important festival of the island.

The at the time monastery of Saint Thalelaios, the one of Fotodoti and the one of  Agia are considered as the older monasteries of the island, as it is reported that in 1509A.C. duke Krispos dedicated these three monasteries to the Patriarchate of  Constantinople .

By the archaeological aspect, exist in the dorp an old aqueduct that was bringing water from the spring of Fleri to Chora, at the ages of tyrant Lygdamis. The aqueduct was restored the last years and it is situated in the Eastern end of dorp. Also in the north-east from the church, in antiquity, a bethel should exist, as is testified by the scattered marbles, from which a lot have been used for the building of the parish church.

Kioulafis Georgios teacher



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