Kalikatsou Rock

A bizarre hermitage

You arrive in Grikos and start gazing at the endless lagoon. Suddenly, your eyes fall on Petra or «Kalikatsou», an impressive rock standing on the calm waters of Grikos bay.

The word «Kalikatsou», in many islands, stands for a protected species of crow or magpie. It was rumored that these birds used to form their nests on the imposing rock. Once you reach the top, the view is significant as you lift your head high and face the endless Aegean, right at your feet.
The tiny boats along with the panoramic view of Grikos, give the impression of flying high in the sky, where all you can hear is the harmonious sound of the sea. You can easily imagine this area being a hermitage and the aura you sense is, the least, strange.
Like an outdoor sanctuary, the famous "Petra" is so different from what you have seen that will definitely make you eager to climb and explore it. Special caution is advised to all travelers, one should be careful both in climbing up and down, since the surface is smooth and at several points, sharp.
You imagine modern people using it as a hideaway, different from the others, since it constitutes an alternative source of inspiration and energy with its imposing and hulking complexion. The stone is shaped in such a way that forms carved rocky circular «windows», from which you can admire the famous Petra beach and the surrounding environment.
It is no coincidence that the area was declared as protected, as it is the largest wetland of Patmos in which various species of birds find shelter.
Steady as a rock, with visible traces of living ascetics (carved rack positions, oven nozzle, wells, water pipeline etc), Petra dares you to explore it and arouses the curiosity of all strollers found in the area, many of whom dare to climb it.
Many historians believe it was a sanctuary, probably one to worship Venus. This seemingly inhospitable spot, appears to be a geological wonder and myths surrounding its name vary.
Many speak of a myth in which a tunnel connects the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist with Petra. Such tunnels were used to transport precious treasures, in order to shield them from pirate raids. Most scientists believe that the rock is a result of volcanic activity and some others, that it was a sanctuary of Venus. They all agree in one thing: its peculiar ambience.
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