Trigonas - A Village of Traditional Architecture near Plomari


The village of Trigonas is situated in a forested area 5 kilometers northeast of Plomari.

According to oral tradition, Trigonas was originally built on a hillside location surveying the Aegean Sea but also being visible to Saracean pirates. The vantage point to the Aegean was sacrificed to the village’s relocation in a secluded mountainous area with no views to the sea but free from the terror of pirate invasion. The name ‘Trigonas’ is drawn from the Greek word ‘trigono’ (meaning ‘triangle’) and, indeed, the two rivers that border the village give it the shape of a delta.

Trigonas is renowned for its traditional architecture and visitors here will have the opportunity to admire a variety of low-ceilinged, tile-roofed houses that stand as representative examples of Lesvian structural design. Other sites of interest include the former olive press of Trigonas, the ‘Koutsouridion’ School (est. 1926) and the upper ‘mahalades’ (Turkish quarter).

Trigonas boasts one of the most impressive religious sites on the island of Lesvos. The church of Agios Antonios (Saint Anthony, circa 1896) takes pride of place in the village, boasting unique architectural design and wonderful flower gardens. All major religious events in Trigonas unravel within the walls of the village church. Situated within the churchyard, the chapel of Agii Apostoli is decorated with beautiful murals.

To the north of Trigonas, an overgrown footpath takes visitors to the agricultural settlements of Milia and Karionas. A visit to the area is highly advisable: the villages are secluded within a forested area defined by rich biodiversity and unspoilt natural beauty.




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