Monday, January 3, 2022

The Grave and the Skull of Alexandros Papadiamantis

The grave of Alexandros Papadiamantis (+ January 3, 1911) is located on his home island of Skiathos. It is specifically located to the left of the entrance of the cemetery, opposite the small, improvised church.  In reality, the grave is a cenotaph, an almost empty monument that stands in the place he was once buried. Only a very small portion of his bones is found in this grave. It was only by local testimonies that we are informed his bones were translated to a nearby church, though with no other details. Thus, over the years, the location of the bones of Papadiamantis were lost, having been transferred to one of the churches of the island.

Recently, however, the bones of Papadiamantis were discovered in the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, which is known locally as the Panagia of Limnia. The church is located 400 meters southeast of the grave of Papadiamantis. This is the second largest church on the island. Its bell tower is visible from any point of the city. The icon "Christos tou Kastrou" (Christ of the Castle) and the skull of Alexandros Papadiamantis are stored there today, in the narthex of the church. The Church of Panagia of Limnia protects the traditions and customs of the island, and is described in the works of Alexandros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitidis.