There are widespread damages in the churches and monasteries of the island of Samos due to the recent earthquake.
According to the first estimate, in 33 cases the damage from the earthquake was considered serious and sometimes irreparable. In a recent statement, Metropolitan Efsevios of Samos and Ikaria said that almost twice as many churches, monasteries and chapels have been damaged. “The rare and unique church and monumental cultural wealth of Samos is in danger. The churches and monasteries of Samos, which had been built centuries ago and are a part of the post-Byzantine and modern history of the Island, were severely damaged,” the Metropolitan said.
Moreover, 24 parish churches in the municipality of Eastern Samos, 30 in the municipality of Western Samos and, in addition, some monasteries such as the Holy Cross, the Holy Trinity and the Prophet Ilias Monasteries as well as many chapels were damaged by the earthquake.
“All of them have been seriously damaged and, therefore, they are unsafe since there is still fear of aftershocks, which may cause greater damage or even their complete collapse and destruction,” the Metropolitan of Samos said. He added, “We look forward to consulting specialists so that an immediate restoration can begin as soon as possible. We rely on the love of our brethren in Greece and all over the world but also on the bravery of our noble and pious clergy and flock.”