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Tsambika monastery, close to the village of Archangelos

Tsampika beach, a lovely, very popular, long sandy bay, above which is a monastery dedicated to Our Lady. The beach is in 1,5 km distance to the main road. There is one restaurant, some cantinas and several water sports, to choose of. Tsambika bay shelves gently, and like all the beaches mentioned here, it has been rewarded the conveted Blue flag award.
The road to Tsambika monastery turns off the main road. some meters before the road to the beach. The road leads half of the way up on the hill. A tiny, Byzantine church, dedicated to Our Lady. It's perched high at 300 m with commanding coastal views, both north over Kolymbia and south over Tsambika beach until Lindos, which makes it worth, to climb up. The legend is, that any woman, who has problems, having children should go up there (barefoot), to pray to the Virgin, she will be blessed with children. Here on Rhodes the success of this visit means the child must be called Tsambiko, if it's a boy, and Tsampika if it's a girl. This name is unique on Rhodes. If you doubt this habit, just call this name out on a busy street, and you will see how successful the monastery is. The saints day is the 7. September.

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