Travelling to Rhodes - Covid-19 Information
Image © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

Tharri Monastery, Rhodes

Tharri Monastery is surrounded by nature, a perfect place to experience calmness and tranquility. The Monastery is well known for its hospitality and attracts many visitors.

To reach Tharri, turn left at the village intersection in Láerma (also signposted as Monastery of the Archangel Michael). Tharri It is surrounded by pine forests and is one of the most visited monasteries on the island. The beautiful complex has a precious Byzantine basilica of pale natural stone, the foundations of which date back to the 9th century.

Tharri Monastery © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com


Interior and wall paintings

As the inscriptions document, the frescoes in the sanctuary are mostly from 1506. The other murals were added later. The hagiography ιn the dome depicts Jesus Christ as a ruler of the world surrounded by 16 prophets. In the corners you can see the evangelists Mark, John, Luke and Matthew, below them frescoes with the archangels. Noteworthy is also the beautiful iconostasis with the two main icons representing Christ and Mary and flanked by two other icons. The remote monastery was reactivated under the leadership of the Metropolitan of Rhodes. However, the monks only open the door when the visitors are properly dressed. You will find covers to borrow at the entrance, so don't worry about dressing up before you go.

From the Byzantine monastery complex only the Katholikon is preserved. The temple underwent repeated changes in the context of reconstructions, with the more impactful undertaken in the 12th or the beginning of the 13th century, which altered the original form of the pre-existing royal wood-royal basilica erected in the 8th-9th c. The Katholikon today follows the architectural type of the free cross with a dome with the short eastern leg and an extended western one.

Tharri Monastery © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com


Origin

According to tradition, the monastery was founded by the daughter of a Byzantine emperor, a Byzantine Princess, who was plagued by a deadly illness and miraculously healed. The ship which transported her from Constantinople, traveled to the port of Lindos and from there she moved to the area of ​​Tharrio. The water of the spring that was found there and the fresh air contributed to her recovery. In return for her healing, she erected the monastery. The fountain to be found today about 100m. southwest of the Katholikon and outside the precinct, is believed to be the same of which the princess was healed, and is considered as a holy water.

Regarding the etymology of the word Tharri, there are several versions, three of which are predominant:

  • It is pre-Hellenic, such as several place names of Rhodes usually associated with ancient sites
  • It is an evolution of the word "lithari", interpretation related to the existence of two megalithic monuments of the menhir and dolmen type in the northwest of the monastery
  • It comes from the imperative of the ancient verbs θαρρῶ/θαρσῶ<θάρρει (= έχε θάρρος), meaning "To have courage". Therefore, the scriptures of Thari and Tharri are considered equally correct according to the version that is accepted.

Tharri Monastery © Rhodes Guide / RhodesGuide.com

Article topics

Related articles

The Municipal Gallery of Rhodes today houses one of the most representative and authoritative collections of 20th-century Greek painting. Most of the painters who worked creatively during these nine decades are represented in this collection through some of their most characteristic works.

Topics: Monuments in Rhodes

Read more about Municipal Art Gallery

Popular resorts, bustling with life, important archaeological sites, picturesque villages and beaches perfect for windsurfing await the visitor of this side of Rhodes.

Topics: Churches and Monasteries

Read more about The west coast of Rhodes: Windsurfers Paradise

Lindos is for most visitors the most impressive archaeological site on Rhodes. The dramatic natural landscape is enhanced by the picturesque quality of the more modern town, with the Lindos Acropolis rising dominantly on a steep cliff at 116 m height like a sovereign podium overlooking the sea, framed by mighty fortress walls.

Topics: Monuments in Rhodes

Read more about Lindos Acropolis



Reviews & comments
No reviews yet. Be the first to write one using the form below!

Let us know what you think about Tharri Monastery - your opinion matters!
Rate this article or place (optional)

From our blog

Hippocrates was a Greek physician who lived in Classical Greece (the Age of Pericles). He is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. What Hippocrates Knew and We Have Forgotten.

Read more about Hippocrates: Father Of Medicine

Weddings abroad are becoming extremely popular amongst European couples, wanting to get away from the traditional "white" wedding day, with all the formalities and stresses that you with it! A wedding abroad, can be the answer to those who want to approach their wedding plans in a relaxed fashion or perhaps dare we say simply want to be married at the end of their day!

Read more about Getting married - weddings in Rhodes

Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the surrounding tissue.

Read more about Fun in the sun: how to choose and pick good sunglasses

Although most of the Greek city-states, excluding Sparta, had fortifications from the earliest period, the siege warfare was a strangely absent affair in Ancient Greece for a prolonged period, as there is no reliable evidence of sieges occurring from 1100 – 490 BC.

Read more about The Ancient Greek Siege Warfare

Time to have a look to some of the best breakfast and brunch in Rhodes. There is nothing more glorious than starting a day with plenty of time for a breakfast, when you want a table filled with delights, baked goodies and drizzled everything.

Read more about Food in Rhodes: Top places for breakfast and brunch

When you are looking for top things to do in Rhodes, you may find that it is not that easy to pick out just a few options. There are so many different exciting and interesting activities and attractions, narrowing down your options my feel like a small challenge. Let us help you with a few interesting suggestions for top activities, things to do and places to visit on Rhodes.

Read more about Top things to do, places to visit, attractions and activities in Rhodes

Rhodes is the walker's island, being the largest of the Dodecanese Island group at about 1398 square kilometers. It offers all kinds of different walking and treking routes including mountains, forestry, areas of historical interest, places of natural beauty, wine producing areas, coastal walks etc. You never have far to travel to get to the start of your walking route, eliminating the need for long bus journeys.

Read more about Walking and Trekking holidays in Rhodes

Feedback