Greetings From Panagia Skripou

Nicholas C. Rossis

I apologize for disappearing for a few days. I took a few days off and went to stay with friends in a small village at the foot of Mount Parnassus.

As part of their wonderful hospitality, they took us to visit a Byzantine church; Panagia Skripou.

Readers often comment on how the mystical and real mix in my works. This is hardly surprising, as I was raised with stories like the one surrounding this church.

The church was built by Leon, head of the Emperor’s personal guard, in 874. We know this from one of several signs that decorate the church interior. Indeed, the very name Skripou seems to derive from scriptus, Latin for inscription.

Panagia Skripou inscription | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book An inscription on Panagia Skripou (source: Wikipedia)

Panagia Skripou

We visited on a cold day, about to snow:

Panagia Skripou | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Thankfully, the inside was warm enough. They were decorating it for a Christening about to…

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