Looking at the pictures of Filerimos monastery one could be convinced this magical place is somewhere in Tuscany instead of just on the outskirts of Rhodes Town..
Mount Filerimos overlooks the towns of Ialyssos and Ixia with breathtaking views of the Aegean sea stretching all the way towards the coasts of Asia Minor. Filled with trees, pines and colourful, vibrant bougainvilleas, it is a perfect spot to enjoy long walks in the Rhodian nature, catch a breath and simplify.
Adorning the top of the mountain is the Monastery. Once home to the famous Acropolis of the ancient town of Ialyssos dedicated to Athena Polias, today a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panagia).
Via Crucis, or the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), is a pathway surrounded by cypress trees and bas-reliefs representing the Passion of Christ, leading from the monastery towards a small square on the very top. Here, the 18 meter cross is located, with an observation deck, offering the most spectacular panoramic views. It comes as no surprise that this place is very popular with the locals for wedding ceremonies. Every angle produces a picture postcard shot.
As well as the rich history and stunning views, Filerimos is also famous for its colourful local residents, the peacocks. Visitors can find them roaming around, adding even more charm to this beautiful place. These magnificent birds are no longer frightened of the visitors, so there is a good possibility of obtaining that perfect shot whilst they pose.
Attracting hundreds of tourists, Filerimos is definitely worth exploring, and one of the must-go places here in Rhodes. A place of inspiration and beauty that is also captured in the nearby properties offered for sale by Rhodes Sotheby’s International Realty, such as a Touch of Class and Halcyon Heights, which both benefit from the spectacular local scenery.