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The Monastery of Damasta, is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary. It is located in the municipal prefecture of Damasta, at an altitude of 580m., on the slopes of mount Kallidromo.

There are not many references about its history. Some people believe that the name ‘Damasta' derives from the city of Damascus, the city where the Holy Icon of the Virgin Mary came from. The catholic (main church of the monastery) dates from the 11th century and the religious icons from 1818. An inscription over the central gate informs visitors that the construction of the church was funded by Ioannis Diovouniotis.

The Monastery has suffered a lot of destructions with the most significant being the one inflicted in 1821, when the Turks burnt it down. The valuable relics and its library were destroyed. The reconstruction of the Monastery was with money collected by devout Christians. The monastery houses nuns and celebrates on September, 8.

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