Church/Monastery in Ilia


When a Frenchman jumped with his horse some 280 meters above sea level in trying to escape from the Ottomans and survived, this was a divine sign to build the Monastery.
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Although currently a Catholic church, this is considered a Byzantine masterpiece built in 920 AD, although the engraved cross-shaped pillar and semi-hexagonal arch date from the 12th century.
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This is a very old structure that lies partly in ruins. More Frankish rather than Byzantine, it is now a place where concerts are sometimes held outside. It is very atypical of other churches in the region and quite impressive.
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Its name means the Begging Saint: Eleoussa asks for protection for the region's residents who were subjected frequently to wars and challenges. Today, only parts of the tower and the church have remained.
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Tucked behind pine trees above the village by the same name, this monastery was built in 1667 and is home to amazing murals and an underground school that played a role in the revolution for independence.
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In the village of Agios Ioannis outside Pirgos lies a monastery whose church is represented by a small cave, as established in the 15the century. The monastery hosts the Faculty of Hagiogrphy and Byzantine Music.
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Constructed sometime in the 11th century, this is a well-known monastery near Amaliada. Its name hints at connections to the Franks. Cypress and other trees surround the monastery giving it a very natural and peaceful presence.
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This is one of the most prominent monasteries in the whole country, set at the entrance of a picturesque village with the same name. The church was built in the 18th century with amazing murals, as well as a well-admired wooden icon screen.
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Almost hanging from the side of a mountain, this monastery offers an amazing view that should not be missed. The complex history of this church goes back some 800 years. You can access the monastery from the villages of Lanthi or Lampeti.
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Probably built on an ancient site during the Mystras or Crusader years, this monastery hosts extraordinary and invaluable frescoes. It features a Byzantine church with a cross-shaped roof dedicated to the Virgin and her miracles.
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Built on a rocky hill among the wild trees of a forest, this castle-like monastery features a stone channel to collect water and cells built close to each other in true castle style. The small chapel on the left is quite interesting.
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This is an 11th century church on a steep rock over the Tritona river. The name may come from respect or it may be of Czech origin ('sopot' for waterfall). Get there from Andritsaina or from Olympia (more complex but beautiful road).
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This monastery near Kilini, built around the 12th or 13th century and related directly to Constantinople, features artistic as well as architectural elements from east and west. Its frescoes are of particular beauty.
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Constructed recently, this monastery's claim to fame is its amazing murals and beautiful location overlooking Kyparissia and the port of Katakolo. It is only 2 kilometres from Epitalio.
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In Skafidia there is a venerable monastery with the same name complete with a tower from Venetian times dating from 1686. Not far is the Monastery of Frankavilla from Frankish times and that of Agios Nikolaos of the Frankopidima.
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