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June 21, 2022

The Skull of a 15 Year Old Neomartyr, Saint Niketas of Nisyros

The memory of the Holy New Martyr Niketas of Nisyros (+ 1732) is celebrated by the Church June 21st.

He was beheaded by the Turks at the age of 15 for becoming a Christian after being raised a Muslim.

Today his sacred skull is kept in Iveron Monastery at Mount Athos.

In 2015 his skull was brought with great celebration to Nisyros, one of the Aegean islands of the Dodecanese, to honor the restoration of his paternal home, which is now a shrine.