Agios Raphael Monastery in Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos Churches & Monasteries - The Agios Raphael Monastery in Lesvos, Greece sits atop Karyes Hill, affectionately referred to as the Hill of the Monk. Located 14 km north of Mytilini, this holy site is dedicated to the Holy Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene. Each Easter Tuesday, Christians from nearby villages gathered to perform a mass, and many claimed to have seen a monk carrying a sensor wandering the grounds. This monk, known as Raphael, revealed himself to young and old, men and women alike, often appearing as a priest or a simple monk. According to tradition, Raphael was martyred by the Turks on April 9, 1463, during another Easter Tuesday. Witnesses have reported numerous miraculous events surrounding the monastery and its patron saint.