Kyra Panagia Island
Kyra Panagia or Pelagonissi Kyra Panagia (ancient Alonnisos). It is about 3.5 nautical miles NNE of the northern coasts of Alonnissos.
On older but also modern maps, Kyra-Panagia is known by the name of Pelagos or Pelagonissi. As we have already mentioned, there is historical evidence that this was the island that the ancient Greeks called Alonnisos.
It took its name from the Monastery on the eastern coast, and it is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary.
The monastery, which is a dependency of the Megisti Lavra monastery on Mount Athos, was restored thanks to shipowner Andreas Potamianos and thus anyone can marvel at the 18th century icons and the star-shaped mosaic in the yard.
In the yard of the monastery there are paleochristian relics of the 6th or 7th c. The church is possibly of the 16th century. There is a grand festival on the 15th of August.
It used to host several monks.
The sole resident for many years has been shepherd Giorgos Tzortis; every day, he raises the Greek flag and the flag with the two-headed eagle, keeping tradition alive.
It has 2 ports, enchanting Planitis and Agios Petros. Planitis, one of the largest and most protected bays in the Aegean is one of the most beautiful places of the Sporades.
The beautiful bay of Agios Petros is to the south-west, with the islet with the same name.
Near the islet of Agios Petros and at a depth of about 430 metres, an 11th century shipwreck was discovered some years ago; it was carrying thousands of colourful plates. Relics of a civilization of the earlier Neolithic period (6,000 – 5,000 B.C.) were found at the Agios Petros islet which is just outside the bay with the same name on the south-west coast of the island.
Also, a shipwreck from the 5th c. B.C. was recently discovered near the islet Pilerissa at a depth of about 30 metres; this ship of great archaeological value was carrying 1,500 amphoras from Mendi, an ancient town on the Kassandra peninsula in Chalkidiki.
Besides the neolithic village at Agios Petros, two fortified hamlets have been located at the two natural harbours of the island, Planitis and Agios Petros, which were inhabited in the classic and roman years. The countryside of the island contains various farming plants of the same area.
Although mountainous or semi-mountainous, Kyra-Panagia has a relevantly smooth relief, and it is quite fertile. The island is mainly covered with wild olives and maquis shrubland, with lentisc and holly prevailing.