Evia island

the second in dimensions island of Greece, covers an area of 6.660 km2, is 175 km long and 6-50 km wide and has a coastline of 678 km. It is connected with the mainland by two bridges, one of which is in Euripus sound - and moves inwards to allow ships to sail through the sound- and the other is fixed, constructed in the middle of the island, where Halkida, the capital of the island is located. On the northern and the southern part, there are ferries, helping the transportation to the mainland.

Our island is mentioned a lot in Greek mythology. The name "Evia" which is today the official name of the island, is given by Homer, and indicates the fertile grounds and the advanced animal husbandry for which the island was famous for. "E? ß???" in Greek means "vigorous ox". In Oreoi of Evia, there is a massive exhibit of marble representing a bull and was found at that area. Its presence must be connected to the appellation of the island. The sanatory thermal baths of Aidipsos, were created by Athena and Hephaestus for the sake of Hercules, who was restoring his strength after each great achievement of his by bathing in the thermal springs of Aidipsos.

The wife of Hercules, Dianeira, when she learned that the semi- god husband of hers is in love with beautiful Ioli, she prepared for him a robe with the poisonous blood of centaur Nessos, who had died by the deadly arrows of Hercules that were soaked in the poisonous blood of the monster Hydra. The dying centaur had misinformed Dianeira, that if her husband cheats on her, once he touches his blood he would be in love with her again. The blood of Hydra had the property to "eat" the flesh and infect the blood of the one who would touch it, until he died. But Hercules had immortal blood in him, so he couldn't die, but he was driven mad from the insufferable pain! In his madness, he grabbed his servant, Lihas, the one who had delivered him the robe, and through him up in the air. Poor Lihas fell to the spot where the Lihadonisia are located, which are said to have formed in a way his body with their shape. On the peninsula of Lihada,- where our village is also located- there was a colony of Ancient Athens : DION ATHENA, a place of very good climate, which was producing since ancient times wine of fine quality.

The most, as well as the oldest Greek colonies in Italy and Sicily, were founded by Chalkida and Eretria, cities that still exist. A lot of people are unfamiliar to the fact that 8 of the letters of the present Latin alphabet CDFLPRSX, belong to the preceeding Chalkidic Alphabet which was created by the colonies of ancient Greece.

On the island of Evia, there are a lot and important churches and monasteries. The most renown among them is that of Saint John (Agios Ioannis) the Russian, in Prokopi. Saint John, (IBAN) was born in Russia in 1690. During the Russian-Turkish war, in 1711, he was taken as a prisoner and became a slave of a Turkish officer who transferred him in his homeland, Prokopi of Kapadokia.

Grate is the number of miracles that are reported from Turks and Christians during the life of Saint John. The descendants of the Turkish officer still preserve a plate, which was miraculously transported in MECCA, where the master of Saint John was praying and had wished for a plate of pilaf. On the 27th of May in 1730, Saint John died from the hardships in the age of 40. Three years later, and during the accustomed exhumation, the Turks, as well as the Christian residents, were seeing light coming out of the grave on Saint John. When the exhumation took place, the astonished witnesses, Christians and not, observed that the body was intact and redolent. The Turks were startled, but as they didn't want to admit the miracle tried to burn the body of the Saint, but they couldn't. The body of Saint John is in the church in Prokopi. The arm on the Saint is kept in the Russian Holy Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas of Agion Oros (Mount Athos) and is included in the monasteries holy relics.

The phenomenon of the Sound of Euripus is also astonishing. It joins the Northern and the Southern Gulf of Evoikos. The visitor can watch the water direction at the Sound changing regularly every 6 hours, and accordingly the water level in the one gulf rises and in the other falls.