April 12, 2024

In a rough landscape of unthinkable beauty and wilderness, Chozoviotissa Monastery, on the dragon shaped island of Amorgos, is a small miracle: built high upon steep cliffs it clings to the rock face like a petrel, hanging into a 1,000 foot abyss as casually as if it were built upon the firmament. Pilgrims who make the arduous, winding trek up to see the small colony of monks in their stronghold are rewarded amply; with stunning views of the bright blue Aegean and fortifying glasses of Psimeni Raki – a sweet, stimulating local moonshine blended with cinnamon, carnation, and herbs – served by the holy men in an antechamber outside the icon-filled chapel.

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