The Petrified Forest is one of the most beautiful monuments of global geological heritage. It extends over the northwestern portion of Lesvos, in a region covered almost exclusively by volcanic stone. The protected area encompasses 150,000 square meters.The castle of Molyvos is located on the north part of Lesvos, in the province of Ancient Mithymna and it is the second biggest and most important fortress in the island. It was erected during the Byzantine period on the ancient remains of the fortification for the defense of the locals against the Turkish and Frankish invasions. Because of its important strategic position, the castle of Molyvos could control the north passage to Adrammitynos Bay.
Taxiarchis is the patron saint and the guardian angel of Lesvos. It’s the most famous monastery in the island and it’s located north of Lesvos, about 36km from the city of Mytilini, close to Mantamados village.
The icon of Taxiarchis is absolutely impressive. The strict look of Archangel Michael, his big and black eyes, the tremendous glaive and the silver-gilt wings are riveting. This icon is one of the very few embossed icons in the whole Orthodox world.