For us Hellenes (Greeks) Orthodoxy is very important in our daily life, as well as the institution of family.
Customs around weddings and funerals have their source from the ancient years and have reached our days with several impurities and influences, but their root remains solid.
Especially for you we have chosen a monastery that is unique in its kind, based in the city of Argos, Argolis. It is the residence of two twin monks, of which one is a hagiographer. This monastery has a large history that will be unfolded in front of you by seeing the collection of objects-heirlooms while at the same time you will hear the stories told by the monks.
Besides the fact that you can admire all this and learn at the same time about the history of this place, you are able to enjoy a coffee and the traditional sweet that is offered to you by the monastery, with a view of the Argolic Gulf and plain.
But our suggestion is more than the usual one and we suggest to you to follow a “lesson in memorial/ritual food”, making a dish of sweetened boiled wheat(kolyva).‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit’.
‘So it is with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body’This symbolism finds its highest expression in the Saints, whose blessed state in heaven has been manifested to the world. For this reason, kolyva is blessed not only at memorials for the departed, but also in commemoration of Saints.
An important burial custom is to offer a sweet dish to relatives and friends after the funerary church service of the deceased. The ingredients are: Wheat, corn, nuts (almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts), raisins, pomegranate seeds, pine seeds, sugar, cinnamon, parsley, and all this is richly decorated with powdered sugar and colorful candies.
These particular monks though prepare this memorial dish with a decoration of hagiographies! The technique they use is unique and a secret to the public.
We invite you to learn it as well as to discover the symbolism that lies behind all this.
This tour is combined with a food tasting tour in one of the most ancient cities of the world which is 7500 years continuously inhabited, Argos, as well as a tour to other Byzantine churches, built on the remains of ancient Hellenic temples, and other attractions of the city.
Duration: 4 hours
Monastery Tour-guided by the monks of the monastery, lesson/symbolism of the memorial dish, transport, 2 food tastings in the city of Argos, more sightseeing depending your available time.
From 145 € per person
minimum number of persons: 2
– Please ask us in case of 1 person
We are able to visit with you other important monasteries that are inhabited by nuns or monks. We have recorded the main monasteries in the whole of the Peloponnese that deserve to be visited on basis of some particularity they have or the work they offer. – Please ask us –