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The monastery of Panagia Soumela (Virgin Mary Soumela) is very close to the village of Kastania, near Veroia. It was build in 1951 by refugees from Pontos region that were trying to revive the monastery of Panagia Soumela, that was built on the mountain Mela near Trapezounta. In the monastery of Trapezounta was the miraculous painting of Virgin Mary Soumela, that according to tradition was painted by Evangelist Luke himself. From the monastery it was transferred to the Byzantine Museum, but since the monastery in Veroia was built, it was transferred there. Since then, thousands of people travel each year to the monastery to see the painting. In the monastery you can also see a variety of ecclesiastical and historic relics and artefacts from the Greeks of Pontos region that were saved and brought to Greece. Special celebrations take place every year in the 15th of August, the day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.
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