The research for the conservation of two Monasteries, which have been characterized as listed has begun with the initiative of the extremely active cultural association “Skiathos”, with a view to the restoration and preservation of their naves. The two Monasteries, the monastery of PanagiaIkonistria and the PanagiaKechria Monastery in Skiathos, have been classified as historical listed monuments by the Ministry of Culture already since the ‘60s and until today the only building of each Monastery that has managed to stand without suffering total destruction, is the nave.
The nave of the PanagiaKechria Monastery is designed with frescoes and wooden carved iconostasis of the 18th century, with icons of great importance and the PanagiaIconistria Monastery, with its nave decorated with important paintings of the 18th century and a wooden carved temple of high art which is one of the finest surviving examples.
The restoration project with the initiative of the local association was deemed absolutely imperative due to the constant wear of parts in the interior of the Monasteries. The frescoes were 'peeling' every day, the dome suffered major cracks and the weather conditions were threatening, with the penetrating water from the rain. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia and the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, with the input from expert restorers from the Directorate of Restoration of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments of the General Directorate of the Greek Ministry of Culture. In recent restoration studies, an autopsy was performed in the two Monasteries, in order to detect and record the information for the restoration study. Furthermore, mounting works and minor interventions were also carried out in order to hold back further falls until the beginning of the restorations.