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Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece Polygyros gallery 5 of 9
Agios Nikolaos church, Polygyros, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Agios Nikolaos church in the centre of Polygyros
 
Statue of Kassandreias Eirinaios in Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece

Statue of Kassandreias Eirinaios
at his grave in Agios Nikolaos
churchyard.
Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) church in Polygyros is a traditional long basilica, with a nave and two aisles and a seven-arched porch. The separate, square-sectioned bell tower, at the northwest corner of the church, is topped by an octagonal clock housing with four clock faces and a blue domed roof which are visible from several vantage points around the town (see gallery page 8).

According to a marble plaque on the bell tower, the clock was donated by Dimitri and Olympia Mareti in 1953.

Directly below the bell tower is the grave of Metropolitan Kassandreias Eirinaios (Κασσανδρείας Ειρηναίος, 1863-1945). A metropolitian in the Greek Orthodox Church is the equivalent of a bishop, and Polygyros is the seat of the Metropolis of Kassandrea (or Kassandreia; Greek, Κασσάνδρεια).

Eirinaios was born Emmanuel Pantoleontos (Εμμανουήλ Παντολέοντος) in the Princes Islands near Constantinople (Istanbul) and died in Polygyros. He is remembered here as a fearless supporter of Greek independence and resistance during the conflicts with Turkey and Bulgaria and the Nazi occupation.


Holy Metropolis of Kassandreia
631 00 Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece
Tel: (+30) 371 22310 (Secretariat)
See: ecclesia.gr/English/EnDioceses/Kassandreia.html
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© David John
 
The grave of Metropolitan Kassandreias Eirinaios in the churchyard of Agios Nikolaos, Polygyros, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The grave of Metropolitan Kassandreias Eirinaios in the churchyard of Agios Nikolaos, Polygyros.
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