She’s high on Palouki

Water emerges steadily from the earth on the slopes of Mt. Palouki. One might guess that this primeval source was used by humans for a long time. Almost magically, water would gush or sometimes merely trickle. Certainly it was a good and useful thing this spring in the woods. Over time the site became more and more formalized as walls were built to hold back the earth and, if the source was ever in a cave, shored up and a doorway erected. Perhaps around the same time someone came along and built a basin to hold the water temporarily as it made its way down the mountain.

As the photo below shows the place has an icon which is of “the Life-Giving Spring of the Mother of God” (Greek: Ζωοδόχος Πηγή). Whether or not there is a celebration or acknowledgement here on the Feast of the Life-giving Spring on the Friday following Easter, I do not know.

It is a beautiful spot and the actual site is tiny, much smaller than shown in the deceptive photos. I had to bend in half to get through the door.


2 thoughts on “She’s high on Palouki

  1. Is this the spring near the old goat station where they used to make cheese? My imagination goes into overdrive when I see such images. The spring near Prodromou is still on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is closer to Prodromou and it faces north. I’m not sure to which goat station you refer. The one on the way to Ag. Triadas? Happy hunting!

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