The chapel of Aghios Ioannis Kastri is on the top of a sea
rock at a height of 100 m. There is no record of when it was actually
Local history says that a resident saw a glow on the top of the
rock one evening, at first he did not give particular significance to
this, but it was repeated many times and then in a dream he saw a woman
who told him to go to the top of the rock with the other residents and
search for an icon there, and so there was. The next day the whole
community of the island there and he related what had happened. Then they
all began to carve steps into the rock to the top. Once there they found
the Aghios Ioannis icon, which was transported to a nearby chapel.
The next day they discovered that the icon was not in the church, but back
where it had originally been found. They decided to build a chapel on the
site to house the icon because they believed that the saint wished to be
there. There are 105 steps carved into the rock leading to the chapel.