The monastery of Agios Silas is set in a lush woodland. Inside the temple and opposite the entrance, on the north side, there is a water source inside an artificial cave. According to tradition, the water that springs up, even today, has healing properties. The miraculous holy water is curing various skin diseases and especially scabies.
In the wider area there are sports facilities (soccer field, basketball court, tennis court), a traffic park and a rudimentary carousel where horse racing is organized during the multi-day festival in honor of Saint (July 20-30). It is one of the largest festivals in the whole island of Rhodes. The pilgrims come several days earlier and make temporary lodgings, where they stay until the end of the fest.
Feast Date: 30 July
The church was founded in the early Christian centuries and was repaired in 1836.
Dodecanese Governor General Mario Lago sent a water sample from this source for chemical testing in 1931 and analysis showed that the water contained ingredients that made it excellent for drinking as it was distinguished for its antiseptic properties in some infectious intestinal diseases.
The "Review of New Therapy and Practical Medicine" published in October of the same year the results of this analysis "Agios Soula Source - Cold, Subtotal, Sodium Nitride with Permanent Dry Residue Gr. 0.584o / cc. Excellent as a water table, especially the diseases of the exchange and energy of anti-tumor and antiseptic, continuing the development of some infectious intestinal diseases (elliptical, gastrointestinal, dysentery etc.)"
So when the Commander saw the components and properties of the water of St. Silas, he built an underground tank, a few meters from the south side of the monastery, to save water. From this tank the water led to a tap.
There are many miracles in the treatment of skin diseases, and especially in the scabies, of those who have used Saint Silas holy water to wash. Some highlights are listed below:
The chapel is dedicated to Saint Silas, the inseparable companion of Apostle Paul. Over the years, locals have given the name "St. Soulas", modifying the Saint's name to suit their local dialect. Since then the monastery became known by this name.
Agios Silas Monastery is located in a lush, wooded area and is three kilometers south of the village of Soroni, Rhodes. There is also a large parking lot for the visitors.