38 km north of Mytilene is Mantamados, known throughout the country for the Monastery of Archangel, the large and important tradition in the art of pottery and dairy products. The mountain village in northeastern Lesvos with history and culture is associated with the sacred shrine of the Archangel Michael Archangel, rigid relief. The tradition wants it modeled by soil and blood of slaughtered monks from the Agarinous or Saracen pirates, but one monk who survived hiding on a roof of the sacred temple, coined the current relief seated on a rock. It is the largest village by population in northeastern Lesvos, but now with the neighboring villages, Kleio and Pelopi, is the Municipality of Mantamados.
Like most villages that are away and invisible from the sea, Mantamados too was created by the merger of several coastal villages in the area, which because of repeated raids by pirates during the Middle Ages, the inhabitants left these exquisite coastal areas where they lived by the practice of fishing, farming and pottery and settled around the sacred and known since miraculous shrine of the Archangel, where there are ruins remnants of the first small church. Since he is the patron and protector of Mantamados but also of the whole island during the difficult days of the Turkish rule, there were enough evidence for scheduled appearances.
In the village square, there is a beautiful church from St. Basil’s in a wooden temple, built in 1750. It is worth visiting the Church of St. Stephen, a small cruciform basilica built in the post Byzantine period in a lush grove.
Why not try the Mantamados dairy products and yogurt in particular, which made the authentic way.
The Municipality of Mantamados has also the picturesque villages Kleio, Kapi and Pelopi. Coastal areas are Pedi, Aspropotamos, Agios Stefanos, Palios and a little north Yeni Limani (port) and Tsonia with several tavernas where you can relax and drink ouzo.
Demographic and historical data
The Municipality of Mantamados has a population of 3,210 residents and 119,585 acres of land. Location of the municipality is Mantamados including 4 Municipal districts: Madamados, Kapi, Kleio, Pellopi. For Mantamados we do not have good sources for the chronology of creation. Some argue that the creation was recorded during the Hellenistic period, at the area “Lesvados”, which is now the monastery of the Archangel. For others, the first core of Mantamados was formed by dissolved coastal settlements because of the pirates in the current position.