May 12, 2012

The Sea Gives Up Its Dead

The Monastery of Perivoli is situated on the banks of the Voulgaris River, nearby the village of Antissa on the island of Lesvos. The Monastery is dedicated to the Entrance of the Theotokos Into the Temple. The church of the Monastery is a small basilica, covered with a wooden roof. The interior of the church is decorated with beautiful 16th-century frescoes. Among the many beautiful frescoes is that of the above depicting the sea giving up its dead, that is, it shows the final resurrection when all those who had died at sea will be called to rise from the dead. The Gorgon is a representation of the sea, who responds to the angelic trumpet call to give up its dead inhabitants.