Church/Monastery in Kythera


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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