Mandamados is a lovely village on a high inland plateau, renowned for the remarkable icon of the Archangel Michael in the local monastery. A powerful story is associated with the creation of the icon: It is said that during a pirate raid, all but one of the monks were slaughtered. This one survivor, emerging from hiding to find the bloody corpses of his dead companions, responded to the horror of the moment with an extraordinary act. Gathering the blood-soaked earth, he fashioned in it the face of man, an icon in relief of the Archangel Michael. This simple icon, its lips worn away by the kisses of pilgrims, can be found at the center of the iconostasis, at the back of the main chapel.