The story is that in 1822, during the Greek war of independence, a nun was directed in a dream to a certain location. There she found an icon that had healing powers.

This church, Panayia Evangelistria (the Annunciation) now houses the icon.

On August 15th each year a vast pilgrimage to this church and icon takes places that totally consumes the island;
As inevitably happens, commerce mingled with religion does not accrue to the benefit of either. Religion is a bit of an industry on the island, with this street as an example of the overflow of often tacky religous kitch.

It is "spirituality in quantity not quality," as someone wrote.
Last modified 2/6/15; posted 7/28/03; original content 2015, 2003 John P. Nordin