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The Skopelos Island

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The Skopelos island was founded on a Greek origin. According to Greek legend, Staphylos(son of wine-god Dionysos and Ariadne of Crete). The island was later colonized by Cretans, who introduced winegrowing to the island. Staphylos is even Greek for grape, adding on to the lore of the Stapylos. Many Greek The town of Skopelos has been honored as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty (signed by President of Greece, Konstantinos Tsatsos). The Outstanding Architecture decree also has some rules for Skopelos to follow. Some restrictions stipulate that no new buildings shall be more than two stories, there must be a sloped ceramic or stone roof in the traditional style, and doors, windows, and balconies be made of wood.

Churches in particular are the most common architecture around the island. The majority are mostly closed, except for special days, and most are owned privately. The basilica of Agios Athanasios was built in the 11th century and is located in the Kastro area, it’s also the oldest landmark on the island. Before Christianity was introduced, the churches were of Greek orthodox faith and some churches were Jehovah’s witness. Christianity was formalized in Skopelos by the appointment of Bishop Riginos in the 4th century. Under the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate, Riginos was martyred in 362 AD. The saint's feast day is February 25 — a holiday on the island. Feast Day is the only day where every church opens and enjoys Feast Day.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

Feast Day commemorates saints, for example. Agios Riyínos chased and killed a dragon in ancient myth. The dragon was chased off a cliff, the cliff is now named “Drakonstosxisma”, meaning Dragon cliff. At this point, the cliff is very steep and is very high up on the mountains of the Skopelos islands. The color of the water mixed with the nature of the cliff makes for a beautiful site that represents Skopelos’ history. Feast Day, in this context, is an annual celebration celebrating a saint. During Late Antiquity(3000 BC to 400) and the Middle Ages(5th to 15th century) there was an abundance of saints around the world, so much so that there were more saint “feast” days than regular days on the calendar. Some saints were omitted, some were put on different days of different calendars. The saints with the highest priority were the ones who died in the name of God; a martyr. The ones of next importance were the saints who plead their faith in their lives, not their deaths. The saints omitted from the calendar were common apostles.