Church/Monastery in Ionian Islands


This church is the only such architectural example in the whole of Greece. A compound consisting of four separate structures consisting of four churches dedicated to four different saints, the church is both domed and shingled.
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This 17th C. church is a must-see. Beautiful architecture and icons create a very unique atmosphere for visitors and worshippers alike. Admire the one-of-a-kind altar as you tour the church.
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This cell is located inside a small cave on Skaron Hill. It’s one of the earliest Christian sites, and is surrounded by wild bees believed by the locals to hold religious significance so be careful.
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Founded in the 16thC under the Venetians, this is one of the island’s most affluent monasteries. Admire the monastic cells, olive press and stone masonry. It’s situated in the middle of a cypress tree grove.
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Inside you’ll find ancient icons dating back to the 15th Century.
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Dating back to the first Christians on the island, this is Lefkada’s main monastery and church. Refurbished by the Venetians, its architecture is worth admiring. Go to the Religious History Museum on the grounds and walk through the monastery’s small garden featuring beautiful deer.
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Founded in 1759 this stunning, one-of-a-kind monastery is famous for its lush gardens, beautiful views of Kefallonia’s incredible sunsets as well as how it’s perched on the edge of a dramatic white cliff. To get in, simply push open the front gate and then look for Father Efsevio who’ll unlock the chapel for you.
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This modest church built from red clay and capped by a wooden roof belies its religious significance. Admire the beautiful altar inside, as well as the monastic cells.
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Madonna (or Panagia) Kremasti church lies in Corfu’s Old Town on the picturesque Kremasti Square with a 16th Century well. Admire beautiful icons inside and vine-leaf patterns as a structural detail.
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Connected to the mainland by a causeway, this 17th Century whitewashed church creates the illusion that it’s floating in the sea.
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Combine sight-seeing with a walk through a beautiful forest and thick olive groves by exploring this monastery. Founded in 1600, you’ll admire its ornate floor decorations and a stunning icon of the Virgin Mary called Platitera ton Ouranon. Call ahead for a tour and to gain entry.
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A priest built this 18th Century basilica for his compatriots from Epirus who had fled Ottoman oppression in mainland Greece and settled in Corfu.
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Built in 1699, this church is an excellent example of Lefkadan religious architecture. Here you’ll also find the grave of Aristotelis Valaoritis, one of Greece’s most famous poets and a native Lefkadan.
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Visit this beautiful monastery as you also explore the nearby countryside. Within the monastery itself you’ll be able to admire the many stunning murals and manuscripts the monastery is very proud of.
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Make sure you note the beautiful murals that date back to the 10th, 13th, and 16th centuries.
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St. Elessa Church and Monastery (top of St. Elessa mountain) Built in 1871, this church and monastery afford beautiful views all the way down to Melidoni beach. Especially beautiful is the monastery’s three-tiered belfry.
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Ask for directions to this little cave that houses a small chapel commemorating St. Gerasimos’ time in the cave. In an attempt to live an ascetic and spiritual life, he meditated and studied in this cave. If you explore the cave, you’ll get to a tiny gap in the rock wall that will give you beautiful views of the Ionian.
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St. Gerasimos, the patron saint of Kefallonia, was a highly educated man from a wealthy family who came to Kefallonia in 1555 after spending time in Jerusalem. He founded this monastery to honor the Virgin Mary and called it New Jerusalem. His body, a relic, lies within. Admire the monastery’s stunning architecture and the many trees the saint planted.
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Corfu’s significant Catholic community worships in this imposing 16th Century Gothic-Baroque style Cathedral.
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Founded in the 11th Century, this is Corfu’s oldest church and an excellent example of Byzantine architecture.
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Walk through the surrounding olive groves then visit this stunning monastery. You’ll find beautiful murals and icons inside, but the grounds must be walked to see remains of an Ancient Greek temple with some scattered fragments of columns.
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This traditional white-washed church literally clings to the edge of the cliff. The church itself is built in a cave, and is also the location where St. John began recording the Revelations before going to Patmos.
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Another famous Lefkadan church, its wood-carved altar will stun you.
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Built by a ship-captain as a gesture of thanks when St. Nicholas saved him and his wine-laden ship from a storm, the captain mixed wine instead of water into the mortar and other building materials to highlight his devotion and gratitude.
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One of the most opulent churches in Corfu, this 16th Century church belonged to an aristocratic family and is an excellent example of traditional Corfiot religious architecture.
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This 7thC basilica is the oldest on the island and is an example of paleochristian architecture and yielded a number of important archaeological artifacts.
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This chapel features 18thC artwork painted on the cave wall which also serves as an altar. Tour the rest of the cave as well.
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The preserved body of St. Spyridon, Corfu’s patron saint, lies in state in this beautiful and historic 16th Century basilica. The church boasts the island’s tallest belfry as well as important relics and artwork created by famous Greek artists.
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Built in 1687, this church is one of the oldest in town.
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This beautiful monastery nestles amidst one of the lushest, greenest parts of the island. Dedicated to the island’s patron saint and the place where he spent his life as a monk in the 10thC, it was built by the Venetians and one of the buildings was used as a school by the British.
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Located outside Kefallonia’s capital, this church plays a vital role in the locals’ religious life. Once a year, priests carry the church’s prized icon across the bridge and through Argostoli’s many winding streets.
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This is the most important church and monastery on the island and is considered Kythera’s savior. It’s nestled amidst a thick pine forest and houses the island’s most important icon.
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Part of this white-washed church is built inside a cave, while you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the gorge and the river.
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