"The Good Friday in Monemvasia" Top 5 Page for this destination Greece Local Custom Tip by Lilasel

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The actual Easter festival begins on Good Friday and people go to the churches to see how the priests and monk's take down the icon of Christ off the cross, wrap it in linen and put it in a great casket covered in flowers symbolizing the tomb of Christ. Then the bier (epitaphios) is taken through the town or village, with people lamenting the death of Christ.

In Monemvasia attention is centered on the Church of Christ Bound (Elkomenos Christos), where all the services of the season are held. The procession of the "epitaphios" along the paved alleyways of the medieval town is a memorable sight!

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2005
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