Pagondas is located in the south-eastern part of Samos, some 12 km away from Pythagorio. It is a village built on the eastern slopes of Mount Bournia, at an altitude of 180 meters.

Pagondas has a privileged view over the plains of Chora, the open sea of the Aegean, and the unique horizon of the Ionian Land (Asia Minor, now part of Turkey), where the spirit of the ancient Greek philosophers flourished, offering to the whole world their creative thoughts.

For the origin of the name “Pagondas” two stories are widely known. The first one states that the name is a derivative of the word “pegon-da”, which means “the land of the springs”. The second, and probably the most valid one, is that the name was chosen by the first residents of the village (settled during the second colonization period of Samos). They came (migrated) from the village Pagontas of Euboea Island (located in Central Greece, north-east of Athens).

The most known sights of the village are: The paved central square, which is of unique beauty, the magnificent Church of the Holy Trinity, along with its Ecclesiastical Museum, the Church of the Christ and its marble belfry, which features unique architecture characteristics and dates back in the 16th century (it is declared “Monument” by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and soon is to be declared as such by UNESCO), the old primary school (now serves as a Folklore and History Museum), the many elegant churches, the old cooperative mechanical olive-oil producing mill, the abandoned mills, and the municipal manually-operated washing machines of the 19th century.

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