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Paiko has monasteries of magnificent beauty and architecture. Some of them were built during the 14th century A.D. and others at the end of the 20th century.

At the village of Griva and in an altitude of 582m we can find the Holy Monastery of Agios Rafail (saint Rafail) that was built in 1992; it is occupied by monks and it is dedicated to the neomartyrs Rafail, Nikolaos and Eirini, who martyred in Thermi, Lesvos in 1463 and were named Saints in 1959-1962.
The Monastery is celebrating on the Tuesday after Easter and attracts hundreds of Christians.

On the nearby settlement of Pentalofo and in an altitude of 650m., there is the Holy Monastery of Osios Nikodimos (Blessed Nikodimos of Agion Oros).
It is a monastery for monks, built in 1981 and it is part of the Iero Metochio (Glebe) of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras of Mount Athos.
You will also find there the stone-built chapel of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a hermit, Saint of the Russian Church, which is located inside a gorge among oaks and beeches and it is entirely handmade.
At the Monastery, all works are done by the monks from building, maintenance, decoration, pasta production, handmade icons, ceroplastics, carpentry, agriculture, stock raising, apiculture, wine making to book publishing.
On Holy Thursday, a revival of the crucifixion of Christ takes place which gathers a large crowd of believers.

 

The last village on Paiko, which is at the borders of the Prefectures of Pella and Kilkis, is Archangelos. At the past the village was called Ossiani. It was renamed in 1925 after the name of the nearby Holy Monastery of Archangelos Michail (Archangel Michael).
Nowadays, the village is the result of the cohabitation of habitants from older settlements whose remnants can still be seen and they probably were border settlements of the Byzantine Empire, which explains the Latin language of the habitants.

North of the village, the Holy Monastery of Archangelos Michail (Archangel Michael) is built, with its` magnificent iconography and the few monks.
According to the tradition, the Monastery was built on top of an ancient sanctum that was probably dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of hunting due to the rich fauna and flora of the area.
The majority of the Monastery researchers are sure that since the establishment of the Monastery (11th century) until the middle of the 19th century it was dedicated to Agios Ioannis o Prodromos (Saint John the Baptist) under the immediate purview of the Holy Monastery of Megistis Lavras (Great Lavra) of Mount Athos.
Today, Archangelos has the biggest production of eating and industrial-use cherries of excellent quality within the Prefecture of Pella. Also known are the sweet breads (tsourekia) of Archangelos.