- The village of Plagia in Lesvos The village of Plagia in Lesvos
- A remaining building following the previous destruction of Plagia village A remaining building following the previous destruction of Plagia village
In close proximity to Trygonas and the town of Plomari, Plagia is one of the original ‘katounes’ (small towns) to which the Plomarian populace was divided. Each of the towns - which were seven in total - had a church governed by the Plomarian archbishop and was financially and administratively reliant upon Plomari.
While Plagia had been populated since antiquity, the contemporary village has only been in existence since the mid-19th century AD: Plagia was completely rebuilt after the original settlement was devastated by fire.
The Plagia of today is a small village that retains its original architectural features. A variety of two-storey, tile-roofed houses border the village streets and offer an insight into the traditional architecture of Lesvos. Adding to the charm of Plagia is the main village square adorned by a centenarian plane tree.
The ascent towards Plagia and neighboring Trygonas is wonderfully green. The village is set in a fertile green landscape where visitors can enjoy mountain views and observe the different species of insect and bird present in the area. Plagia is traversed by two streams that meet in the center of the village and account for the fertility of the valley.
Plagia’s harbor of Agia Varvara (Saint Barbara) is worth a visit if you’re looking to spend some quiet time by the sea. In Agia Varvara, you will find a sandy beach edged by a continental shelf. A number of hotels and restaurants are set along the seafront.
The church of ‘Ipapandi’ (the term corresponds to that of ‘Candlemas’ in the English-speaking world) is located at the north of Plagia. It is a domed, three-tiered basilica built in 1914 on the foundations of a pre-existent religious building.
Plagia’s temple of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) was the only building to survive the destruction of the village.
In early summer (7th June) the feast of Agia Triada is celebrated with traditional music and dance. If you’re keen to become familiar with the traditional celebratory practices of Lesvos, do come to Plagia in the first week of June. You will have the opportunity to join in the celebrations and try your own hand at traditional folk dancing.