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Eressos

 

Eressos is found on the 3rd largest Greek island, Lesvos.  It is situated on the south-western part of Lesbos and it is 90 km from the capital, Mytilini.
 It is the birthplace of Sappho, a great lyric poetess and Theofrastus, a philosopher and Father of Botany.
Sappho Theofrastus

 

Skala Eresos Skala Eressos , with its 3km unspoilt beach, was the first settlement of the Eresians.  It is built on a valley floor and it is vey popular among villagers and holidaymakers during the summer.

 

Across the beach there are many restaurants and cafes as well as various statues of Sappho. There is a harbor mole with a little church of Virgin Mary. Behind the church of St. Mary there is the Vigla hill which overlooks the village of Skala Eressos.  . Sappho's statue
Church of Virgin Mary     isle An isle, which is close to the beach, was created after a volcano eruption.

 

Psaropotamos river 

Many visitors enjoy their walk along the banks of Psaropotamos river, where a variety of local wildlife such as tortoises may be observed.

tortoise found in the river

 

 In order to protect from the increasing invasions of pirates, the  Eressians during the 16th century built another settlement, 4km inland from Skala Eresou. This is called Eressos village and villagers stay during the winter to protect from the wind and the wild waves of the sea.  On the main square of the village there are great traditional restaurants and shops.  This is a picturesque place for tasting traditional sweets and soft drinks.  At walking distance there are the three churches of Maria, St. Constantine and St. Irene. 

Eresos village

St. Irene

 

Ereso's neigbourhoods

Everywhere in the village there are traditional houses with lovely houses and gardens.  Behind the main sqare
there is the ‘Theofrastio’ School.


 

Skala Eressos and Eressos village is connected by a wonderful boulevard (known as ‘tunnel’).  Many villagers and tourists cross this 4 km road to view the wonderful scenery which is full of volcano erupted mountains, animals and flowers. 'tunnel'
volcano erupted mountains flowers found in Eresos flowers found in Eresos

 

Very close to this ‘tunnel’ one can visit the monastery of Pitharion. In the monastery there are a number of small chapels, each containing beautiful religious artefacts and wall paintings.  Geological findings are also fascinating.  The ‘Stone Room’ is full of stones, some of them fossilized.

 

Finally, just 12 km from Eressos Village, is situated the worldwide famous Petrified Forest. This natural monument is unique in the whole area of Europe.  The age of the Petrified  Forest is estimated to be around 20.000.000 years.  The visitors has the chance to admire petrified trunks, branches, twigs, impressive petrified leaves, leaf imprints, fruit and roots are displayed in front of large sized pictorial depictions of the plants they represent. Palm, cinnamon, laurel, lime,  beech, oak, walnut, alder, plane, hornbeam, yew, pinaceae and protopinaceae, cypress, cunninghamia  and impressive sequoia are just some of the species presented in the permanent exhibit.

You can learn more by visiting the official site of the Natural History museum Petrified Forest of Lesvos
by clicking here.

 

Petrified Forest
tree trunk from the 'Petrified' area

 (Created by: The eTwinning students of Theofrastio)

 

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