Size of the temple remains small.
It was then when he decided to build a monastery at that specific place and calling the icon of Holly Mary- “The Voice”/ Antifonitria. He built the monastery between the late 10th and early 11th century. It was also this period that he visited Constantinople and brought the first equipment for the monastery from that city. The size of the temple remains small since then and legends say that it was the icon’s will to remain in this size. Every day the builders built a new extension to the temple and the next day it was found destroyed.
The church thrived throughout the Venetian period, but then was completely destroyed during the Ottoman Turkish occupation. It was during these Turkish times that it was used as a meeting point for the revolutionary army against the Turks since it was difficult to be seen and found by the Turks.
Nowadays the church is famous for its fresco paintings. These were found some years ago, after the local authorities decided to do some renovation of the building. The frescos are dated back to the 11th and 13th century.