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700-year-old icon stolen from monastery August 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Police & Crime, Religion & Faith.

icon.jpg  Photo of the 700-year-old icon of the Virgin Mary which was stolen from Elonas Monastery in Leonidio (photo credit ANA-MPA)

The local community in the seaside town of Leonidio, Arcadia prefecture, in Peloponnese, was in shock on Friday following the early morning discovery that a 700-year-old icon of the Virgin Mary that is believed to be miracle-working was stolen from the Elonas Monastery, the Athens News Agency reports. The monastery’s nuns, who discovered the theft early Friday, immediately informed police.

It is believed that the icon was stolen some time between 10:00 p.m. Thursday and 5:00 a.m. Friday.

The icon is highly-venerated, with many people from all over Greece and abroad thronging to worship it, and it was adorned with hundreds of gold and silver devotions from worshippers.

Tens of police were at the monastery looking for clues that would lead to the thieves, while a helicopter was also scouring the area.

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