It is not known when the old monastery was founded, but we know that it was reconstructed in 1770 by a monk. Some resources mention that an altar to goddess Artemis stood on the same site in antiquity and sacrifices of animals used to take place there.
This monastery was built according to the Dodecanesian architecture with thick white-washed walls and hollow roof tiles. The floor of the temple and the yard are covered with mosaics of pebbles and shells. Some icons date from the 19th century, while the iconostasis is even older.
The name of the monastery comes from the word "tsamba", which means spark in the local dialect. In fact, tradition says that a local shepherd found an icon of Virgin Mary on top of the cliff, where the old monastery was later built, following a vigil light. The icon of Panagia Tsambika is considered miracle-working, particularly for childless women, which is why many women offer child dolls to the icon of Panagia. This monastery is considered a protector of the island and in fact many locals are named Tsambikos (men) and Tsambika (women).
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