Mony Thari, the Thari Monastery is one of the most beautiful religious landmarks on Rhodes Island. It’s in a forest near Laerma, a traditional Greek village about a one-hour drive from the city of Rhodes.
Often referred to as the Monastery Taxiarchis Michail at Tharri, this abbey has a church dedicated to Archangel Michael and was probably erected sometime between the 9th and 11th centuries. The whole complex dates from the 12th and 13th centuries and passes as one of the most beautiful religious attractions on the island.
The monastery is in a forest – built in the spirit of the time, in an attempt to protect the sacred sites from pirates and other foes. The setting is enchanting today, but it somewhat hides the landmark from the street, making it hard to spot without GPS.
If you can make it, visit the monastery on November the 8th, the day of the Taxiarchis when the Greek Orthodox church honours Archangel Michael.