Trees Without Roots, What a Miracle!

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the Agia Theodora Church

Do you believe in miracle? Would you believe if i say, i saw 17 trees (yes, 17) atop the roof of a small church without any traces of roots in it? The trees were at more than 20 meters high, and some of them have the of diameter of almost half a meter. Yes, they stand proudly at that condition... it's not a magic, it's a miracle... i saw it with my very own eyes at the church of Agia Theodora in a village of Vasta!!!

When i was told about this trip, i never had a second thought of whether i will join or not. Though i knew it was not more on a pleasure trip but more on pilgrimage tour, and it is a known fact that the place is not that easy to reach, i still did not hesitate to join.

Literally, i may say that reaching the place is very rare.

with 17 trees atop the roof
No way you can be there through the regular public transport,  but only private cars and rented buses. The place is not so frequented by tourists and travelers alike, but mostly by pilgrims. The area was secluded in a wild forest on a high mountain range. As we traversed along, i can't help but hold my breath (sounds exaggerated but i believed everybody in the coach felt the same) as we passed by the narrow and steep road that runs through a long and winding stretch cut from the edge of a high cliff. To my surprise, still there were some houses along the road. And in some instance, the top of our bus almost touched the veranda of the house alongside. Anyhow on the lighter side, the green-lush forest, the tropical environment, and the charm of mother nature somehow comforted us.
trees have no traces of roots
The soil was so moist and looked so fresh. The forest maintained its virgin state, making those birds around believed that they are in paradise.

Now let's get back to the million dollar question of why i still wanted to get there despite all the odds. Didn't i even realize the risk and danger that might come along? And the answer is.... Well, it is because i was puzzled by the many write-ups that i've read about the small church (actually just a chapel, by its size) and the miracle embracing the church. And it says, "at the green-clad gully at Vasta Village in Peloponnese, there  certainly has a miracle. Whether it is created by God or nature, nobody was able to tell. Since the 12th century, there was a small church (3m x 2m) at the village with 17 full-grown trees on the roof.

trees are nearly 30m high
The trees are nearly 30 meters high and weigh nearly 1 ton each. Nowhere you can find the roots of the trees either from the outside or the inside of the roof of the small church".

And there goes the reality... as we reached the place and saw the truth, i found no words to say, but... "ohhh i can't believe it, but it's really true. it's no more a hearsay, i saw it with my very own eyes".

 The church is very small and the headroom is very low that a tall guy's head would almost touch the inside of the roof. The church stands NOT on a strong soil, with underground water which flows from underneath the church and flows beyond. (i will write a separate interesting review on the church).   

After some sort of discussion and brain storming matters about the miraculous scenario, we have had our lunch beneath those big trees around the area (not the trees atop the church, okey?). We were told beforehand that there was no restauant within the perimeter so we have our packed lunch ready.

And of course, the trip is not complete without those souvenir photos and stuffs. After having done all those, there we were ready ... ready to pass that dangerous way again!

 

  

Paulovic says:
Amazing story!
Posted on: Oct 07, 2016
Caliber-A says:
Ate May, sayang di mo napuntahan yan. FOR ME, that's the best place i've been to in Greece, so meaningful kasi. before, i didn't believe on the stories about it but when i visited the place, ohhhh it's true, really true. try to read also my review on that to give you more details on the church and its miracle.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2014
Caliber-A says:
indeed interesting Martin (joehobo). despite the difficulties of gettingg there, it's really worth it.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2014
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the Agia Theodora Church
the Agia Theodora Church
with 17 trees atop the roof
with 17 trees atop the roof
trees have no traces of roots
trees have no traces of roots
trees are nearly 30m high
trees are nearly 30m high
they even grew at the walls
they even grew at the walls
yet they still stand upright
yet they still stand upright
dia of some are more than 1/2 meter
dia of some are more than 1/2 meter
no visible roots @ cracked walls
no visible roots @ cracked walls
just imagine how big are the trees
just imagine how big are the trees
they are not roots but trees
they are not roots but trees
the entrance of the church
the entrance of the church
trees grew even at the walls
trees grew even at the walls
close up view of the roof top
close up view of the roof top
with tiny and huge trees atop
with tiny and huge trees atop
large tree at the entrance
large tree at the entrance
see how big is this tree
see how big is this tree
inside view of the church
inside view of the church
with the icon of Agia Theodora
with the icon of Agia Theodora
the inside view of the roof
the inside view of the roof
the inside view of the roof
the inside view of the roof
water came beneath the church
water came beneath the church
and it flows, and flows...
and it flows, and flows...
and flows downstream...
and flows downstream...
and become a small river
and become a small river
that serves as ducks habitat
that serves as ducks habitat
just a shed built on a tree
just a shed built on a tree
trees around the vicinity
trees around the vicinity
the trees serve as belltower
the trees serve as belltower
the road leading to the site
the road leading to the site
the rocky side of the road
the rocky side of the road
the souvenir items i got there
the souvenir items i got there
i was there obviously
"i was there" obviously
me, together with my friends
me, together with my friends
opppss...another set of friends
opppss...another set of friends
a short stop on our way back
a short stop on our way back
Vasta Sights & Attractions review
St. Theodora, the Living Miracle
The church of Agia Theodora (which is dedicated to St. Theodora) is an interesting religious center in Vasta, at the prefecture of Peloponnese, Greece… read entire review
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photo by: Caliber-A