Churches & Monasteries

Churches & Monasteries In Greece
Abbey of the Ursulines
Cyclades / Tinos

The village of Loutra is more green than others on the island, and hosts the Abbey of the Ursulines, a catholic convent founded in 1862. The convent also hosts the folklore museum and reveals much about this island’s unique history.

Aghia Anna, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

On the outskirts of the village, Aghia Anna’s frescoes date back to the early 13th century – it is dated 6733, in the old Byzantine calendar, which would place it at 1225 – and are said to be the oldest examples on the island.

Aghia Irini Church, Axos
Crete / Rethymnon

A 15th century church stands here, with a number of blind arches, that is to say windows and doors which were deliberately bricked in.

Aghia Paraskevi, Monastiraki
Crete / Rethymnon

A cross shaped chapel, originally belonging to the Chortatzis’ family, who are depicted on a fresco, dating back to the early 13th century.

Aghios Ioannis Prodromos, Afetes
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The church of St. John the Forerunner in this small village of 430 people lies on the main square. It is considered a work of art created by the skilled workman Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus. Also note the old mansions and the three stone arched bridges of the area.

Aghios Konstantinos Monastery, Dories
Crete / Lasithi (Sitia)

Look at the few aged icons, including one of Theotokos from the 14th century and a fine example of the style known as Hodeghitiria, usually associated with Constantinople. This is a sign that the Cretan school of iconography was borrowing ideas from all over. The belfry is late 19th century, and dates to just before the monastery was disolved (1900).

Aghios Markos Church
Crete / Herakleion

Unsprisingly, given the name, this church was built by the Venetians in reverence towards their city’s patron saint, Mark. One of many churches adopted by the Ottomans for use as a mosque, addeding a minaret. It can be found on Venizelos square in the city.

Aghios Minas cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

One of Greece’s largest cathedrals the cruciform building has a domed roof, and twin towers. Heavily damaged in the 1866 revolution, it was restored some 30 years later. Located on Aghia Ekaterina square in Herakleion next to the church of that name, which was built in 1555.

Aghios Titos Cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

Whilst Mark was the patron saint of Venice, the Cretans paid homage to Titos (or Titus), the first bishop of the island, and the recipient of epistles from St Paul, in the first century AD.

Agia Eleoussa Monastery, Vlacherna
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Agia Eleoussa means the ‘begging saint’. This old monastery inside a big cave near the Bezinikou summit overlooking Vlacherna, has only its church left intact and no monks to show for. It still affords stunning views and can be reached from the village.

Agia Evpraxias Monastery
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A worthwhile site for anyone exploring Hydra, it can be reached by foot or on donkey. This women’s convent lies a short distance from that of Profitis Ilias, at an altitude of 500 m. It’s surrounded by pine and cypress trees and enjoys impressive views. The quaint sanctuary lies in a simple building, and is part of the greater complex dating back to 1865.

Agia Kyriaki, near Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Not far from Karpathos’ main town, the attractive church of ‘Saint Sunday’ is perched on a rock that offers spectacular views of the nature all around.

Agia Paraksevi, Makrakomi
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The little church of Agia Paraskevi in Makrokomi is a quiet place of worship surrounded by greenery and cypress trees.

Agia Paraskevi Church, Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

This church is known for its solar calendar in its roof, a zodiac cycle embedded in its floor and unique sundial in its forecourt, a rarity in churches that here reflects the maritime overtones of the town.

Agia Paraskevi, Metsovo
Epirus / Ioannina

Standing proud in the centre of the village square is the church of Agia Paraskevi. It was constructed sometime during the 16th century and acts as the unofficial emblem church of Metsovo.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Agia Paraskevi, Vraggiana
Central Greece / Evrytania

This church was constructed in 1605 in this historic village and functioned as the Greek Museum School (Hellinomousei Agrafon-Gouvas) as a university in old times, where many notables taught. The area had 24 churches then, and only three of these survive today, nonetheless attracting many pilgrims to the village.

Agia Pelagias Monastery
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located just south of the village of Kastrosikias, this 17th century monastery lies in a pleasant setting on a hillside. It was first built sometime during the 17th century and was renovated twice after. The largest church within the monastery features 4 simple columns and an open balcony.

Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Agia Sofia, Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

This church is considered a special one in Karpathos and was built of the ruins of another church dating from the 6th century that was dedicated to Saint Anastasia. Note its unique building style and architecture.

Agia Theodora of Vasta
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Church of Saint Theodra can be found outside the village of Vasta near Megalopoli. It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. According to tradition the construction of the church is linked with the martyrdom of Theodora who was an 11th century Byzantine citizen born in the area of Ancient Melpiea.

Agia Triada
Evia / Southern Evia

Orginally built as two separate chapels (Agia Triada and Agios Spyridonas), today only Agia Triada has been preserved outside the eponymous village, with the neighbouring Agios Spyridonas in ruins. The church contains a ceramic tile roof with a dome and features a byzantine-style layout.

Agia Triada Monastery (Meteora monastic complex)
Thessaly & Sporades / Trikala (Meteora, Pertouli)

Built before the 1300s, it’s iconic among Meteora’s monasteries. Its central chapel was built in the 15th Century and adorned in the 1700s with beautiful frescos and murals painted by the monks Nikolaos and Antonios.
Make it a point to admire the frescos decorating the entire Chapel of John Prodromou. They were painted in the 19thC. The chapel itself is built inside the rock pillar, so take advantage of this and explore the inside of these enormous stone boulders that make up Meteora. Admire the woven artifacts the monks are very proud of which are in the monastery’s museum of folklore.

It’s open everyday except Thursday.

Agia Triada, Borio
Evia / Skyros

A beautiful little domed church with a single aisle and blind arches features paintings from the 17th century that were recently revealed. It also has icons from the late post-Byzantine era. Curious as well are the marble columns that could date back to the Roman period.

Agia Varvara
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the area of Stefani within the Louros district, lies this church which was founded in 1937. It was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine church which dated back to either the 10th or 11th century. In fact, the eastern wall of the temple belongs to the earlier church and was incorporated into the design of the recent structure.

Agiarsali cave church of Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Amfikleia lies yet antoher unique church, that of Agiarsali (short for Saint Jerusalem in Greek), built in the back of a cave.

Agioi Anargiri
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

Two small churches 4km from Patitiri on a forested seaside cliff with great views. One is an old byzantine church and the other is the newer version meant to replace it after the earthquake. You must walk the last 500 meters.

Agioi Theodori, Dafnousion
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The municipality of Dafnousion features an old Byzantine church from the 14th century known as Agii Theodori, which like many others functioned as an undercover school during Ottoman times. Several other religious establishments in the area are captivating in a spiritual sense, such as the monastery of Metamorfosi tou Soitra in Livantes, the church of Agios Loukas in Arkitsa surrounded by lush greenery, and the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Gouliemi.

Agion Panton Monastery (near Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This beautiful monastery crowns the top of the island’s mountain range and is made up of a network of churches and chapels. This is where Saint Savvas the younger spent his life.

Agion Pateron Monastic Cell (Skaron Forest)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Agios Athanasios – Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Within the village of Stefanis in the district of Louros, you’ll find the temple of Agios Athanasios.

Agios Athanasiou – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This church dating back to 1780 is a prime example of the Ionian architecture that characterises a myriad of churches throughout the area. These include the rounded wall to the east and the fact that its basilica consists of a single open space. Another Ionian attribute are the painted barriers along the floor. Impressive paintings can also be seen on the walls and the ceiling which depict scenes of Jesus’ miracles as well as various Old Testament stories.

Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim, Trikorfo
Central Greece / Fokida

The tradition of monasteries continues in modern times with the recent construction of this magnificent masterpiece, the monastery of Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim of Sarof, in the village of Trikorfo. It boasts the largest belfry in the world, with 60 bells and 400 gongs ringing loud and captivating listeners.

Agios Dimitrios
Cyclades / Syros

As your ferry arrives into port, you can easily see the church of Agios Dimitrios, which was built were an icon picturing Saint Demeter or Agios Dimitrios was found. The church bell supposedly rings every time a ship docks into the port.

Agios Dimitrios – Kranea
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The large three –aisled church of Agios Dimitrios in Kranea boasts some of the finest architecture of the region which speaks of its importance during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was built in 1869 by Christodoulos and Sotiris of the town of Konitsa in Ioannina.

Agios Dimitrios Karakala
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the municipality of Nea Tiryns, the Monastery of Agios Dimitrios Karakala originally dates from the 11th century, although it can look quite modern on the outside.

Agios Dimitrios Mavrilos church, Agios Giorgos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Agios Giorgos, you will come across Agios Dimitrios of Mavrilos, an impressive work of Byzantine architecture from the 17th century. The church on the inside contains elements such as wood and ivory.

Agios Dimitrios Oropo Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This temple can be found in the village of Oropo and was built during the 18th century.

Agios Dimitrios, Elatia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Church of Agios Dimitrios in Elatia is home to a monument from Byzantine times, complete with a relief from the year 1880 showing Agios Dimitrios himself. Elatia also boasts the regionally beloved Church of Agios Athanassios built in 1759, considered a historic monument with frescoes from the 18th century.

Agios Dimitrios, Paleokastro
Central Greece / Fthiotida

A notable church in Fthiotida is that of Agios Dimitrios in Paleokastro. It is one of the oldest in the area with rare byzantine icons and an outstanding iconostasis.

Agios Georgios Mavrou
Evia / Southern Evia

The remains of this church first built in 1260 AD can be seen in the area of Platanaki about three kilometers north of the village of Aetou. Today only the main portion of the church is still intact, with the connected monastery lying in ruins.

Agios Georgios, Negades
Epirus / Ioannina

In the village of Negades, this church stands out for its remarkable frescoes and unique bell tower in the shape of a hexagon. The frescoes feature both saints and prominent figures of ancient Greece such as Aristotle and Plutarch, painted by some of the famed iconographers from the village of Kapesovo.

Agios Giorgos Lakas, Kyriaki
Central Greece / Viotia

The church of Aghios Georgios Lakas in Kyriaki, built in the 12th century over another more ancient temple destroyed by an earthquake, is now represented with a more recent structure after the Ottomans destroyed it a couple of centuries back.

Agios Giorgos, Skala
Peloponnese / Laconia

In the municipality of Skala, there are two Byzantine churches of Saint George and of the Transfiguration.

Agios Grigoris
Evia / Southern Evia

Overlooking the treacherous Cape Karifeas, known for its many shipwrecks both throughout antiquity and during the present times,stands the small picturesque chapel of Agios Georgios. Consisting of a small, single space, this simple church features a stone roof and has been constructed with local stone. The simple cross on its roof as well as its blue windows and doors give it an authentic charm missing from several other churches throughout the area.

Agios Haralambos – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The temple of Agios Haralambos is one of the city’s most impressive churches. It was first built during the 18th century on top of an older church. It can be characterised as a single space basilica. Visitors can admire exceptional paintings that cover the walls and the ceiling. A significant amount of quality woodwork can also be seen here.

Agios Ioannis
Cyclades / Syros

Saint John or Agios Ioannis is well-liked on this island, which is why there is yet another church dedicated to this saint, this time right outside Poseidonia, some 12 kilometres outside the capital.A visit to the church is inspiring and uplifting.

Agios Konstantinos
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

About 12km from Patitiri and looking out to Skopelos, this church is almost hiddent in the woods of the ravine. Park near the shepherds’ settlement and walk down to the chapel. A path from here can take you to Ayios Yiorgios church. Feast: May 21.

Agios Konstantinos of Mellaina, Diafani area
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Visit a deserted church that’s three or four centuries old lying on a hilltop in an isolated area. Accessed from a dirt road 1.5 km from Diafani towards Olympos. Needs a strong car or a long hike after some point.

Agios Mamas, Avlones (Menetes-Arkitsa road)
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Built in the 11th century and decorated with impressive frescoes in the 14th century, this historic Byzantine church is one of 14 churches in Karpathos with ancient wall paintings.

Agios Matthaios of Sinai
Crete / Herakleion

Collections of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, including icons from the 15th century painter Angelos and no fewer than six icons painted by Michael Damaskenos, second only to ‘El Greco’ in fame.

Agios Nectarios
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Agios Nectarios is home to the island’s patron saint who built the church and lived in the monastery. He died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961 (remarkably soon by Orthodox standards). The monastery is positively enormous and contains two tall bell towers as well as dozens of arches and domes surrounded with windows.

Agios Nectarios
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Near the Seven Springs. An archway leads to steps up to the grandiose Byzantine style church shadowed by columnar cypress trees. The separate campanile, with a tiered construction, is borrowed from a later period.

Agios Nicholaos, Fountoukli
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Located close to Dimilia, this is one of the most striking Byzantine churches in this area is decorated with 15th century frescoes.

Agios Nikolaos
Evia / Southern Evia

Situated in front of a park within Karystos’ centre, the grand church of Agios Nikolaos is the town’s most-well known. Featuring three blue domes and a triple-arch doorway, this three-storey church honoring the patron saint of sailors has been around for more than half a century.

Agios Nikolaos and Virgin Mary Monastery, Mesovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Mesovouni in the municipality of Argithea, and at a height of 1050 meters, features the Church of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary dating from the 17th century. Only the altar screen has been saved from the original building as the church was rebuilt in 1904.

Agios Nikolaos Church, Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

In Galaxidi, the church of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) is well known for its carved icon screen made from wood.

Agios Nikolaos Church, Maza
Crete / Hania

In the small, scenic village of Maza is the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos. Inside the church is decorated with a lovely collection of religious paintings by Ioannis Pagomenos that tell the story of Saint Nikolaos. At the entrance to the town a sign directs you to the Chapel of Metamorfosis Sotiros that contains 14th-century frescoes. The fresco of the Transfiguration on the south wall is particularly impressive.

Agios Nikolaos Distomo
Central Greece / Viotia

In the upper central square of Distomo, the temple of Agios Nikolaos took almost 30 years to be completed (1880 to 1908). It is said that Queen Olga donated the bell of the church’s belfry. Note the sculptured icon screen which is a masterpiece in itself.

Agios Nikolaos in Agios Akakios, Ithomi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The village of Agios Akakios in Ithomi, 10 km from Fanari boasts the church of Agios Nikolaos, with a single chambered basilica from the 14th century. Some original wall paintings have been preserved. Not far is a small cave used as a religious shrine and hermitage of Agios Akakios.

Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Agios Nikolaos Kremastos Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Dating from the 10 century AD, the ‘Hanging Monastery of Saint Nicholas’ in Arakinthos lies within two caves in a cliff and features amazing religious paintings in Cappadocian style.

Agios Nikolaos Monastery, Kaltezes
Peloponnese / Arkadia

On the boundary of Lakonia in an idyllic setting among fir and cypress trees, this monastery from 1720 lies above Kaltezes at 680 meters. It was re-established inconspicuously during Ottoman years after the forest had almost reclaimed it.

Agios Nikolaos Monastery, Therino
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Therino is a traditional village 10 km northwest of Argithea. At an altitude of 870 metres, it is home to the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos which boasts a carved wooden altar screen with icons that date from around 1850.

Agios Nikolaos of Molos
Evia / Skyros

Here’s a very unique church built into the rocks near the sea. It is a very different church from all others, almost crude in its construction and finish, but spiritually powerful and significant. Visit the nearby windmill-like lighthouse too!

Agios Nikolaos of Vounenis Church, Kleitso
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a very special church because it features a very rare relic – a silver case about 700 years old that contains the holy hand of the Evangelist Luke.

Agios Nikolaos Philanthropinon
Epirus / Ioannina

Located on the small island of “Nisaki” just across the lake from the city of Ioannina, this monastery features some interesting wall frescoes of various saints but also includes paintings of a few ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Agios Nikolaos, Armeni
Crete / Hania

Located in the small village of Armeni, east of the city of Hania, and nestled amongst numerous olive groves as well as colourful orange and avocado trees is home of the Byzantine church of Agios Nikoloas. A lovely yet weathered yellow stone church worth a view.

Agios Nikolaos, Karitena
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Don’t miss the 11th-century church of Ayios Nikolaos in quiet Karitena with its vivid and generally well-preserved frescoes, even despite the Ottomans trying to erase the faces on these frescoes. If it’s locked ask the locals to find the caretaker.

Agios Nikolaos, Papa, Mesohori
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the village of Papa in Mesohori, the church of Agios Nikolaos is a rectangular structure built with limestone and no dome, making it particularly interesting and architecturally unique. The interior has stunning hagiographies all around. The church was built in 1788 and is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Agios Nikolaos, Platani
Peloponnese / Achaia

Lying at the northern foothills of the Panahaikos mountain range and beside the Xylokera stream, the church of Agios Nikolaos functioned as an old monastery according to Venetian records of the 17th century. It has since undergone many repairs.

Agios Onoufrios Church, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Here’s a tiny stone-built church above Olympos built from the stone of another church from the 19th century that visitors to the traditional town like to visit. It affords a breathtaking view of the village from up high.

Agios Panteleimon
Epirus / Ioannina

Also found on Nisaki island is this monastery in which the famed ruler Ali Pasha met his fate in 1822. He was beheaded in the lower level of the monastery as he awaited the sultan’s pardon in vain. Today the museum of pre-revolution history operates on site and the monasteries of the island keep their libraries here as well.

Agios Soulas
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

This small chapel, inland near the west coast town of Soroni, attracts thousands of locals for its name day celebrations on July 29 and 30. Among its attractions are horse and donkey races!

Agios Stefanos church, Rivio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A small and very old church, in a lonely field, this Byzantine building is set among trees and overlooks a gorgeous valley.

Agios Stephanos
Cyclades / Syros

Standing on a rock in Galissas high above the sea, this church is more secluded and serene than the city ones, blending in Mediterranean nature and scenery like no other church on the island.

Agios Theodosios Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

The Monastery of Agios Theodosios in the Municipality of Midea dates from the 10th century, even if the structure built around it seems more recent. Midea also has the 12th century austere yet interesting Church of the Dormition of the Virgin.

Agios Vissaronias – Fillipiada
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive church was built in 1912 after being commissioned by Vasilis Georgakis of Ioannina. The large bell tower built in the Ionian style is its most well-known characteristic.

Agios Yiorgios
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

Visit this secluded church in the middle of the island by car, almost 11km from Patatiri and enjoy the breathtaking views from here at a height of 350 meters, which looks out to the island of Skyros on a clear day. Feast: April 23.

Ai Thanassis, Agios Nikolaos, and Agia Triada, Mendenitsa
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The lovely village of Mendenitsa in the municipality of Molos boasts the church of Ai Thanassis and the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the Convent of Agia Triada or the Holy Trinity. The nuns at the convent engage themselves in hagiography.

Almyros monasteries & church
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Almyros, you can visit the church of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the nearby monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia.

Annunciation Cathedral, Amfissa
Central Greece / Fokida

In Amfissa enthusiasts of Orthodox and Byzantine churches must visit the Annunciation Cathedral with its painted murals by Spiros Papaloukas, as well as the Sotiros Byzantine Church from the 11th or 12th century.

Ano & Kato Monasteries of Xenia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Near the Pagasitikos Gulf at the foot of Mount Chlomos and in the Othrys mountain range, the Monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia attract crowds of pilgrims from the whole region and beyond. One was established by monks, the other by nuns.

Archontopanagia, Sarrou Square
Evia / Skyros

Another white island church from the post-Byzantine period, the wall paintings here have not survived but the iconostasis and icons are important and noteworthy, dating from the 18th century. This is dubbed the Church of Nativity of Virgin Mary of the Archons.

Arkadi monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

In 1866 the monastery of Arkadi was self-detonated by Greeks surrounded by Turkish soldiers. This became a cause celebre across Europe, and brought Crete’s plight under Ottoman occupation to the attention of many for the first time, thanks to widespread newspaper reports.

Arsani monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to the village of Pangalochori, in the east of the province, Arsani monastery’s foundations can be traced back to the end of the second Byzantine period (probably the 12th century BC). What we see now, is mostly of 16th century origin and later. There are some fine examples of icon painting here, from all over the Rethymnon district. There’s a small museum here.

Ascension Holy Monastery of Paggeo, Proti
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

With a view of the Serres plain, high on Mt Paggeo, this monastery is famous for its Catholicon, built as a rotunda like that of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Saints’ relics include St Chrysostomos and Arsenios of Cappadocia.

Asomaton Monastery Archangel Michael (near Vafkeri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Asomaton Taxiarhon Church (Asfendiou village)
Dodecanese / Kos

Located in one of the island’s oldest villages, this church boasts a beautiful wood hand-crafted altar. You can combine sight-seeing and a look into Kos’ past with a stroll to this beautiful church.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Gelanthi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Gelanthi is a village three kilometres from the township centre of Mouzaki. The Chapel of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, built in 1813, possesses a characteristic eight-sided dome and imposing bell-tower that dates from 1889.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Krania, Petrilo
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The historic village of Petrilo is situated 30 km southwest of Mouzaki at an altitude of 1200 metres. Nearby, the church or the Assumption of the Holy Virgin built in 1884 in Krania has a cross-beamed dome and is worth discovering.

Assumption of the Holy Virgin, Petrohori
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Petrohori is home to the church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, with a vaulted, wooden roof, religious wall paintings dating to the 1730s, and a notable carved wooden altar screen. The cemetery boasts the church of Agia Paraskevi with a stone built basilica, plus alter screen and frescos from the 17th century.

Avgo Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

A relatively young monastery that looks quite mysterious is that of Avgo dating from the 17th century and perched against the cliffs in the municipality of Kranidi.

Ayia Moni
Peloponnese / Argolida

Between Nafplio and Epidaurus, there is the classical-looking Monastery of Ayia Moni from the 12th century. This beautiful old monastery has a clear water spring and a small textile workshop.

Ayii Anargiri
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the municipality of Hermione lies the Monastery of Ayii Anargiri from the 11th century. A venerable ecclesiastical community with very old brick ‘school-like’ buildings surrounding a church in the middle of the valley.

Baptistry (Votris-Lithou Volis area in Skala Town)
Dodecanese / Patmos

Admire the ancient baptismal font that St. John used to christen the first Patmians. There’s a legend connected to it about a spiritual duel between St. John and a local over the power of each man. Locals watched the duel around the baptismal font and celebrated when St. John won. This is an outdoor font, made with ancient boulders. Its simplicity is inspiring.

Basilica of St. George or Halinados Basilica (Halinados Region)
North Aegean / Lesvos

If you love exploring early Christian architecture, the remains of the Basilica of St. George is a must for you. Admire the masonry and you’ll be able to envision what this ancient basilica once looked like at its grandest, with its three aisles and elaborate roof.

Birth of Christ church, Rossi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The church of the Birth of Christ in the village of Rossi was built in the 17th century (1662), featuring exceptional wall paintings and wooden carved altar screen of Agios Pantelemon with important icons.

Boulder church of Kiparissona
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Pelasgia in Kiparissonas there is a unique Byzantine church made out of boulders.

Byzantine Church of St Nicholas
Macedonia & Thrace / Serres

This beautiful example of a Byzantine church was fully restored in 1937 and sits in the northeast corner of the acropolis citadel overlooking the city of Serres. Its rich decoration and murals are now in the city’s Ecclesiastical Museum.

Byzantine church of the Blessed Virgin, Asklipio
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Dating from 1060 this church was built in the shape of a cross but extended later to accommodate a larger congregation. There are some noteworthy frescos. Next to the church is a small museum of ancient religious artefacts, bibles and icons and articles of village life.

Byzantine Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Fanariou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Built by the emperor of the time Micheal Angelo, (not to be confused with the famous painter) this Byzantine Monastery has been kept in remarkable condition for over 300 years. It can be found just outside the village of Kypseli along the northern border of the prefecture.

Capuchins Monastery
Cyclades / Syros

A library of some 6000 valuable books and manuscripts, as well as lovely icons and different religious objects can be found at this beautiful Jesuit Monastery, named Agios Ioannis or Saint Jean. It was established in 1535 with the aim of helping the poor. The last modification to its appearance happened in 1852.

Castle and Church of Davlia
Central Greece / Viotia

There is a castle in Davlia with remains of a Byzantine church in the form of some columns. The church was apparently built on the foundations of another ancient temple dedicated to Polias Athena.

Cathedral Church of Agios Nikolaos, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Metropolitan (Cathedral) Church of Volos was completed in 1934 with an old belfry in the courtyard from 1884, a notable accomplishment by Italian sculptor I. Previsan.

Cathedral of St. Athanasios (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This majestic cathedral was built in the 16thC and hides a number of gems for you to admire. The underground tomb is a must-see as are the relics that belong to St. Theodorou of Byzantiou. Killed by the Ottoman soldiers, he’s the patron saint of Lesvos. Admire the many icons that date to the Byzantium.

Cave of the Apocalypse (Skala-Hora region)
Dodecanese / Patmos

The cave’s significance in history dates back to 95 AD, when St. John the Theologian fled persecution and sought sanctuary in Patmos. Within this cave St. John received the Book of Revelation and predicted the signs leading to the Apocalypse.

Cave of the Church of Saint Pandeleimonas (Northwest Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint. Locals believe the water dripping from the stalactites can be used as holy water as it is blessed by the saint. In the 18thC, a monk called Gerasimos Gerasimou ran a secret school during the Ottoman occupation.

Cave of the Monastic Cell of Timios Stavros (Western Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Two local Kalymniotes found a cross in the cave and turned the cave into a place of worship. Their remains are kept there.

Cave of the Virgin of Galatiani (Arginonta)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

A local shepherd found an icon of the Virgin Mary here, and turned the cave into a church. There’s a festival celebrating the Virgin of Galatiani once a year.

Chapel of St. Anne (Santa Anna)
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

This catholic church is in Trianda.

Chapel of the Holy Cross
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Catholic Cemetery near the Saturday market venue on the coastal Rhodes – Kalithea road.

Church of Aghia Triada, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This Byzantine-style church in Anavros, next to the Achilopoulio Hospital, took six years to build and was inaugurated in 1954. The original murals on the inside by the painter G. Gounaropoulos (1890-1977) are worthy of note.

Church of Agia Kyriaki in Kambia
Evia / Central Evia

One of Evia’s most picturesque churches lies just outside the village of Kambia at an altitude of 290 m. Virtually surrounded by foliage and reached by a wooden bridge; Agia Kyriaki seems taken out of a fairytale. A cave is found next to the church.

Church of Agia Paraskevi, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The chiefs of Mesolongi met in this church to plan the exodus of the besieged from the town. Sadly, they were betrayed and the exodus turned into a bittersweet event.

Church of Agia Sofia, Agios Nikolaos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Agia Sofia, the Agios Nikolaos church is built on the remains of the temple of Artemis, representing once again how the Byzantine church supplanted more ancient religions.

Church of Agia Sofia, Saria
Dodecanese / Karpathos

The island of Saria north of Karpathos is uninhabited but is home to a church surrounded by ancient ruins. Archeologists claim that a church from the 5th century AD also existed on this site.

Church of Agia Triada, Karpenissi
Central Greece / Evrytania

The Byzantine church of Agia Triada was renovated in 1645 by the well-respected teacher Eugenios Giannoulis of Aitolos who taught Byzantine music and then established a school in Karpenissi.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Church of Agioi Anargyroi, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Between Prytaneiou and Erotokritou streets, also known as the Church of Holy Sepulchre, built on an even earlier church from the 6th century. Rebuilt in 1651 with a monastery but damaged in later troubles. Officially belongs to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Church of Agion Taxiarchon in Marathos
Central Greece / Evrytania

This church was built in 1772 and contains fine 18th century murals.

Church of Agios Athanasios – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of St. Athanasios is located at the central beach of Krioneri in Parga. It stands across from the small chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the small island across the beach.

Church of Agios Athanassios, Kedros
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Kedros is a village at an altitude of 567 metres as we leave the Plain of Thessaly for the Agrafa Mountains. The Church of Agios Athanassios there dates from 1777 and has been designated as a cultural monument.

Church of Agios Dimitrios in Dimi
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built during the 12th century, this church functioned as a school during Ottoman rule.

Church of Agios Dimitrios in Karpenissi
Central Greece / Evrytania

The hill where this church lies was supposedly part of Mount Velouchi, but was separated in prehistoric times. There is a great view of Karpenissi from here.

Church of Agios Georgios
Cyclades / Milos

The Church of Agios Georgios in Pera Triovassalos with a magnificent view also has mosaics by folk artist Petros Rapanakis, as well as a marble slab at the entrance depicting Saint George on a horse. Note also icons from the Byzantine Cretan school.

Church of Agios Georgios in Loukissia
Evia / Central Evia

This small chapel is unique, inside and out. Architecturally notable is the fact that it’s a single space church, which is quite rare in Greece. It consists of an octagonal dome and an entrance gate dating back to the 14th century AD, though its foundations are believed to have first been built sometime during the 11th century AD. The interior wall frescoes are still visible despite their old age.

Church of Agios Ioannis, near Vroukounta
Dodecanese / Karpathos

In a cave near the town of Vroukounta lies a church is built on the remains of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite or Artemis. Ask about the celebration that takes place there at the end of August.

Church of Agios Kosmas in Megadendro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Megadendro where Agios Kosmas of Aetolia was born, there is a church in the name of this venerable local saint who actually played a role in the Greek Revolution.

Church of Agios Loukas, near Volada
Dodecanese / Karpathos

A very interesting little church lies in the heart of a cave outside Volada. Sadly the church is not in the best of shape, but you can still see some impressive old hagiographies (religious paintings) on the walls.

Church of Agios Nikolaos – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of Parga and this impressive church found in the centre of the town is the largest in Parga.

Church of Agios Nikolaos at Agoriani
Peloponnese / Laconia

If you’re near Agoriani, you might want to visit the church of Saint Nicholas, dating to around 1300 AD. The old church has many murals surrounding the saint such as the hospitality of Abraham, Birth of Christ, Resurrection, Palm Sunday, Saints of the Military, Lazarus, etc.

Church of Agios Sostis – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

At the bottom of the cliff and just above the Beach of Agios Sostis lies this small church bearing the same name.

Church of Agios Spyridon
Cyclades / Milos

The Church of Agios Spyridon is the main church of Plaka and has been united with the smaller one, Agia Marina, to form a unique design.

Church of Agios Spyridon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s another church related to the history and sortie or exodus of Mesolongi. Blessed by the town’s patron saint, Agios Spyridon, the church is where every year a parade marking the exodus begins to celebrate those who succeed in escaping. The parade continues to the Garden of the Heroes.

Church of Agios Spyridonas – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small church dedicated to St. Spyridon is located in a small harbor along Valtos beach just outside Parga.

Church of Agios Vasileios Oreon
Evia / Northern Evia

This unique Byzantine chapel is home to an altar that has been carved out from the rock of the ground on which it stands. It can be found within the northern village of Oreoi.

Church of Anastasis
Cyclades / Syros

If you want a great view of nearby Tinos and other close islands, head to Vrodado Hill where the church of the Assumption stands proud. It was constructed in 1870, a recent date compared to other churches in the city.

Church of Apostles Peter & Paul, Argalasti
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Agii Apostoli Petrou and Pavlou, in Greek, featurs a 3-part basilica from 1886 and a stunning marble belfry from 1913 designed by the architect Perpignan, plus two Russian bells and a Swiss clock. The belfry was modelled after that of Agia Fotini in Smyrne. Note also the area’s stone bridges.

Church of Archangel Michael
Evia / Southern Evia

This octagonal church dating back to the 10th century BC can be found in the village of Kalyvia at the foot of Mt. Ochi. It is still in remarkably good condition, featuring a dome, four interior columns as well as four on the outside. The marble floor was constructed with local marble by residents from the wider area.

Church of Episkopi
Evia / Skyros

Dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary, this deserted church dates to 895 AD but destroyed by several earthquakes. Very interesting architecture and style, with red roof, old bricks and transformation into a three-aisled basilica centuries ago make it quite unique on the island.

Church of Faneromeni
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This old church is actually made up of three churches, the largest of which dates back to the 13th century. One of the smaller churches contains a magnificent icon of the Virgin Mary. The church also includes vineyards and orchards, all of which belong to the monastery of Chrisoleontissa.

Church of Genesioun Theotokou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Extraordinary examples of wall paintings and gold can be found in the Church of the birth of the Virgin Mary. According to experts, the church was built during the 18th century and the art found within it is impressive.

Church of Holy Trinity, Dafnospilia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Dafnospilia in the municipality of Kallifoni is 17 kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 570 metres. In the Church of the Holy Trinity there is a wood-carved altar of great historic value. The skull of Saint Gregory of the Akragandinon (Bishop of the Akragandinon of Sicily) is safeguarded in the church.

Church of Ioannis Prodromos, Kirra
Central Greece / Fokida

In Kirra, there is the small church of Ioannis Prodromos (or John the Baptist) is well known for its thermal spring or ‘Agioneri’ which is said to help alleviate stomach problems.

Church of Ipapanti
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

One of Hydra’s most historic churches, Ipapanti, was built in 1780 by Lazaros Dimitriou Kokkini. It is part of the larger complex of the Church of the Domitian of the Virgin Mary.

Church of John the Baptist
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

This church is associated with the Holy Metropolis of Xanthi and philanthropic missions. They have an Infirmary named “Pnoe” which is located within the premises of “Timios Prodromos” ( St. John the Baptist).

Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotira, Fourna
Central Greece / Evrytania

Notable relics and heirlooms from the school of the Zoodohou Pigis Monastery can be found at this church. They include four icons and works by Dionysus of Fourna.

Church of Miriki
Central Greece / Evrytania

If you go to Miriki, only 7 km from Karpenissi yet lying at an elevation of 1,100 meters, you will find the village among dense woods of fir trees. The church of the village has a very special icon screen carved from walnut wood.

Church of Osios Ioannis the Russian
Evia / Northern Evia

Perhaps one of the most famous churches throughout the region is this chapel in the village of Prokopi in Asia Minor. Built in 1951, in honours a simple Christian man, Ioannis, who after fighting against the Turks in his native Russia, was captured, made a slave, and taken to his owner’s estate in Evia.

Church of Panagia (small island) – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small charming church sits on the eponymous island adjacent to Parga and Krioneri Beach. Here a large celebration takes place every 15th of August when the Greek Orthodox Church observes the Dormition of the Virgin. It’s possible to reach the island by boat or swimming, though if you plan on going in the church, proper attire is recommended.

Church of Panagia and basilica
Crete / Hania

The road from Hania to the beginning of the Samaria Gorge is one of the most spectacular routes in Crete. After heading through orange groves to the village of Fournes, a left fork leads to Meskla, twisting and turning along a gorge offering beautiful views, with many religious surprises in store.

Church of Panagia Chiliadou
Evia / Central Evia

Meaning “1000” this church is believed to be the 1000th of its kind built by the Byzantine Empress Theodora. It’s located near the village of Chiliadou just north of Kymi along central Evia’s Aegean coast.

Church of Panagia Chrysokastriotissa, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In Plaka on the corner of Sotirias Aliberti and Thrasyvoulou streets, the Koimesis Theotokou church or Panagia Chrysokastriotissa is tied to a miracle when in 1456 women and children hiding from invading Ottomans in the Acropolis escaped to the church and were saved.

Church of Panagia Heleimonetria
Evia / Skyros

Also known as Zoodochos Pigi, this beautiful whitewashed church lies deep within the town itself. Worn steps, a stone arch against the white walls and uneven walls create an enchanting atmosphere.

Church of Panagia in Kipos
Cyclades / Milos

The church of Panagia in Kipos from the 5th century is reputed to be the oldest church from the Byzantine era. It contains parts of a marble sarcophagus from the Hellenistic period.

Church of Panagia Portiani
Cyclades / Milos

The church of Panagia Portiani is the only one left in Zefiria village, and has been united with Agios Haralambos by an archway. The old painted walls are particularly interesting.

Church of Panagia Thalassitra
Cyclades / Milos

The Church of Panagia Thalassitra, patron of sailors, lies in Kastro above Plaka, commanding one of the best spots on the island and one of the most photographed churches with the stone bell tower. It was built in 1738 and united in later years with the smaller church of Panagia Eleousa. Its icons have been made by renowned local artist Emmanuel Skordilis. It also features the coat of arms of the Crispus family, renowned dukes of Naxos.

Church of Panagia ton Rodon or Virgin of the Roses
Cyclades / Milos

The Church of Panagia ton Rodon or Virgin of the Roses is a Catholic church commissioned by the French proconsul in 1823, complete with the coat of arms of King Louis XVI on its lintel. Louis Brest, the Church’s founder, is buried in the church.

Church of Panagia Tripiti In Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

Carved into rock above the coastal road, the church of Panagia Tripiti is surrounded with miracle giving. Supposedly a castaway lost at sea found his way when he saw a light through a hole in the rock. He headed towards it and found an image painted by Luke the evangelist.

Church of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This charming chapel may not contain beautiful icons, murals or metal offerings but it sits in the most privileged position atop the island’s point on Mt. Ellanio (Hellanios). It shares its glory with the remains of a sanctuary of Zeus and the views from the summit of the Saronic Gulf are truly spiritual.

Church of Saint Catherine, Rhodes Old Town
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

A 3-aisled church, whose central aisle ends up in a half -hexagonal apse. Its frescoes are from the 14th and 15th centuries. It was used as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation and it is said that Suleiman the Great prayed there after he conquered the city.

Church of St. Andrew (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

If you love religious archaeology, this is the perfect site for you. Built in the 5thC, the remains of this ancient church will take you back in time. Admire the ancient masonry and notice the floor plan of the church.

Church of St. Catherine, Plaka
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Located off Lysicratous street on Agias Aikaterinis square, this 11th c. church is beautifully restored. The octagonal dome and central apse are from the original structure while the rest was added later on. The ruins nearby testify to an earlier pre-Christian temple.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Dodecanese / Rhodes (Rodos)

Also known as San Francisco, this catholic church is close to the walls of the Old Town and the Rhodes University, this church has an impressive bell tower and stark statue of a Franciscan monk.

Church of St. George of the Rock, Plaka, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In the Anafiotika district of Plaka, the local inhabitants who came from Anafi built the church on a rocky spur of the Acropolis, complete with a tiny courtyard. It is best viewed from climbing up the steps on the left side of the church.

Church of St. John the Theologian, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Off Erechtehos street on Erotokritou street, was built anywhere between the 9th-12th c. following a cross-in-square plan. In 1867 General Morosini of the venetians used the area in front of the church to bombard the Acropolis which helped destroy it.

Church of St. Mary (Petra Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This stunning church is one of the most popular on the island. To get there, you’ll need to climb stone-carved steps to reach the church which was built on a very high rock. Admire the views and the beautiful icons and wood carvings in the interior of the church.

Church of St. Nicholas Rangavas, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The largest remaining Byzantine era (11th c.) church in Athens, corner of Prytaneiou and Epicharmou streets. Built by the grandson of Emperor Michael I Rangavas on the site of an ancient temple. Its ringing bells signalled the end of Ottoman and German occupations.

Church of St. Theraponta (Mytilini Town)
North Aegean / Lesvos

This stunning church was designed by a famous architect and was built on the site of the Ancient Asklypeion. It’s one of the grandest and most popular churches on the island, so admire the icons and intricate woodcarvings on the altar.

Church of Standing Hymn
Macedonia & Thrace / Xanthi

Located in old town Xanthi, the church is known for having three aisles.

Church of Taxiarches, Kostaniani
Epirus / Ioannina

Another example of an early church is the Church of Taxiarches outside the village of Kostaniani. The date of its construction has been placed somewhere between the mid-11th century to the mid-13th century. It’s a cross-shaped church featuring three aisles and dedicated to the archangels.

Church of Taxiarchs
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In addition to an intricate iconostatis from the 18th century, this church in Aitoliko is home to the tomb of Kyra Vasiliki, the influencial Greek wife of Ali Pasha, powerful Ottoman ruler from Epirus.

Church of the Apostoles, Leontari
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Byzantine church of the Apostoles, 14th century, with wall-paintings (for many years covered by a coat of whitewash), has been described as one of the finest in Greece.

Church of the Ascension of Jesus
North Aegean / Ikaria

The church of the Ascension of Jesus can be found in the quaint village of Gialiskari. The spot on which the church is located was formerly an island, where a returning native Ikarian decided to build a church.

Church of the Ascension, Nea Koukoura
Central Greece / Fokida

Also in Efpalio the old church of the Ascension of the Savior in Nea Koukoura and the small monastery of Agios Ioannis of Efpalio, constructed in an original Byzantine technique, are worth seeing.

Church of the Assumption, Apidia
Peloponnese / Laconia

In Apidia, a town that’s reputed to be 6000 years old, the church of the Assumption of the Virgin has very interesting architecture, as well as a marble icon screen that is noteworthy with rich decoration.

Church of the Assumption, Vathylakkos
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

There are many churches in Vathylakkos. The Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin within the village was built in 1777. The altar screen of the church has special historical significance as it was brought from Constantinople.

Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin, Kastania
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The church in the centre of the village is dedicated to the Birth of the Holy Virgin, and the village celebrates its Holy Day on the 8th of September. The church has a woodcarved altar screen of walnut form the 18th century. The skull of Agios Trifonas is safeguarded within this church.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This large church is located in the center of Hydra’s main port. It includes a three-level bell tower constructed completely out of marble from the island of Tinos, and which can be seen from every point in town. It was designed by Venetian and Genovese architects in 1643, when it first began to operate as a women’s monastery. Today, only the main sanctuary is still in use, with some of the former nun’s cells having been converted into civil offices, while others have become part of a small ecclesiastical museum.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Dating back to 1393, this remarkable chapel houses a number of well-preserved paintings. It’s located in the town of Aliveri along the southern Euboean gulf and stands atop a hill in the centre of the city next to a cemetery.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Known in Greek as Kimissis tis Theotokou, this is the largest church in Olympos. It is famed for its biblical hagiography and gold-laden elements. An attractive bell towers adds to its charm.

Church of the Koimisis Theotokou Thesprotikos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is located in the village of Polistafilo within the district of Thesprotikos.

Church of the Metamorphosis
Evia / Southern Evia

This church in the neighbourhood of Agia Kyriaki in Karystos was built with marble and stone from a nearby ancient temple not far from the church. A few metres from the main church lies a small chapel of Agia Ierousalim.

Church of the Taxiarchs, Desfina
Central Greece / Fokida

The Church of the Taxiarchs, built in the 12th century, is found on the grounds of Agios Charalambos church and features impressive if partly incomplete wall paintings.

Church of Theotokou, Farrai
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built at around 1400 AD, this is a Byzantine-type church that still carries the mystery and charm of Byzantine spirituality within its walls.

Church of Twelve Apostles, Pirgos Ithomis
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Church of the Twelve Apostles is 700 metres south-east of the village and is the only church of Pirgos Ithomis. Built as a basilica in the 19th century, it boasts a wood-carved altar screen crafted by woodworkers from Metsovo in 1850. The stone-built bell tower was added in 1930. One of its most interesting features are its excellent acoustics due to the incorporation of a system of clay amphorae within the walls when they were built. The Church has been declared a historic monument.

Church of Ypapandi
Dodecanese / Karpathos

White and blue characterize this gorgeous church with a majestic bell tower that is almost more Latin than Greek, complete with six bells. You’ll find it in the village center standing gloriously.

Churches of Agios Giorgos and Agios Nikolaos, Rendina
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Church of Agios Giorgos on the village square of Rendina has a single chamber with wall frescos from 1719 and an exceptional wood-carved altar screen. The Church of Agios Nikolaοs, built in 1719, lies in the centre of the village within a grove of plane trees underneath an imposing rocky promontory.

Churches of Arahova
Central Greece / Viotia

The Byzantine church of Agios Giorgios built with ancient materials offers great views. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary with its clock sits high on a large rock. The old temple was built in 1676 while the modern church was built in 1821, containing the relics of Agios Charalambos.

Churches of Fanari
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

In Fanari, 15 km northwest of Karditsa, is the church of Agios Seraphim, built in 1930. Within its grounds is a small building at the site of his martyrdom and where the saint’s skull is safeguarded. The church of Saint John, built in 1886, features a carved wooden altar screen and a noteworthy bell tower. Also worthy of mention is the Chapel of the Source of Life, built atop an ancient Roman bath.

Churches of Kanalia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Fourteen kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 350 metres, the picturesque village of Kanalia on the foothills of the Agrafa Mountains is home to the Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin with a domed basilica, built in 1894. The Chapel of Profitis Elias built in 1903 is a refuge of calm, situated on the heights above the village. The holy icon of the Holy Virgin of Kanalia church (4th or 5th century) is thought to be the work of the evangelist Luke. It is made of candle-gum and holds powerful religious significance.

Agios Nikolaos, Platani
Peloponnese / Achaia

Lying at the northern foothills of the Panahaikos mountain range and beside the Xylokera stream, the church of Agios Nikolaos functioned as an old monastery according to Venetian records of the 17th century. It has since undergone many repairs.

Church of Agios Dimitrios in Dimi
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built during the 12th century, this church functioned as a school during Ottoman rule.

Church of Panagia Tripiti In Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

Carved into rock above the coastal road, the church of Panagia Tripiti is surrounded with miracle giving. Supposedly a castaway lost at sea found his way when he saw a light through a hole in the rock. He headed towards it and found an image painted by Luke the evangelist.

Church of Theotokou, Farrai
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built at around 1400 AD, this is a Byzantine-type church that still carries the mystery and charm of Byzantine spirituality within its walls.

English Church, Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

Surprisingly, the English have their own grand protestant church in Patras, built in 1878, established with the support of the wealthy British society living in the city at the time. The neo-gothic style is architecturally interesting, while the church has been used on some occasions as an exhibition hall.

Monastery of Agia Lavra
Peloponnese / Achaia

Destroyed by Ottoman tyrant Ibrahim Pasha, the Monastery of Agia Lavra was built twice and then moved lower down in 1689 to where it stands today. Rare icons, sacred vessels and important archives can all be seen here.

Monastery of Agia Triada near Akrata
Peloponnese / Achaia

Just three kilometres away from Akrata lies the monastery of Agia Triada, built in the 16th century. It boasts some beautiful murals painted sometime around the mid 18th century. Saintly relics, rare heirlooms including a gospel from 1672 and a venerable spirit overall can all be seen or experienced here.

Monastery of Agia Triada, Vorous
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built over the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Earth, the now-deserted monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) was probably established in the 14th century.

Monastery of Agii Pantes
Peloponnese / Achaia

Built by the monk Nectarius – reputed as a skilled miracle worker – between 1715 and 1728, the monastery had special ties with the famous monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt’s Sinai. Supposedly the monastery was protected by order of the sultan with special requests from the monks in Sinai.

Monastery of Chrysopodaritissa
Peloponnese / Achaia

Set in nature between Kalanos and Kalanistra in Farrai, the monastery of Holy Mary with a Golden Leg, as it translates, helps those in need through miracles. Many believe it cures the ailing leg of a believer. The place was often visited by the eparch Palaion Patron Germanos during the Greek revolution.

Monastery of Megalo Spileo
Peloponnese / Achaia

Meaning “Monastery of the Big Cave”, this 8-floor centre of worship was carved into the mountain and built at a height of 924 meters. It was originally built by two monks in the 4th century AD, and contains different icons such as Panagia Chrysospiliotissa as well as a special icon by the evangelist Luke. The latter is made of wax, mastic gum and perfume. Valuable manuscripts from the 17th century and captivating murals are also on display. The Monastery was actually destroyed five times since its inception, the most recent being by the Nazis in 1943. There’s a path from the monastery leading up to the cliffs where remains of a castle and some canons can be seen.

Monastery of Panagia Makellaria
Peloponnese / Achaia

On the river of the Selinountas not far from Lapanagi village(Municipality of Kalavrita) this monastery was said to be built by Emperor Justinian. Highly prized is the icon of the Mother of God that – somewhat reminiscent of the Mona Lisa – is supposed to look at you wherever you’re seated in the church.

Monastery of Panagia Pepelenitsa
Peloponnese / Achaia

Located near the village of Kounina/Aegialia across from the Monastery of Taxiarches, controversy surrounds the establishment of this monastery. Building was either undertaken by Elena Palaiologina, wife of emperor Emmanuel Palaiologos, or by Bebel Helenitsa, daughter of Achaian priest Thomas Palaiologos.

Monastery of Taxiarches near Egio
Peloponnese / Achaia

Rising above the Selinounta river barely a few kilometres from Egio, the Monastery of the Taxiarchs boasts a rich library and was founded in 1415. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times since then. Across the river there’s the female Monastery of Pepelenitsa. It is a male-only monastery.

Monastery of Vlasia
Peloponnese / Achaia

Above Vlasia, the monk Arsenios established the monastery with another notable monk, Eugenios, who was credited in establishing the monastery of Agia Lavra. Only a few relics of value still remain, including the icon of Agios Nikolaos or Saint Nicholas dating from 1115 AD. The icon was reportedly restored in 1739.

New Church of Agios Andreas, Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

Proud to be the largest Orthodox Church in all of the Balkans with a capacity of 5,500 persons, Agios Andreas boasts exquisite architecture, beautiful paintings and great icons that adorn the interior. The church displays the skull of Saint Andrew as well as part of the cross he was crucified on. Interestingly, the old basilica is alleged to be at the exact spot where Saint Andrew was martyred. The same place was also where a temple to the ancient Goddess of Demeter existed.

Old Church of Agios Andreas, Patras
Peloponnese / Achaia

This church takes its name from the town’s patron saint (Andrew), where he was allegedly crucified. A marble grave testifyies to this event. Beside the old temple a spring once dedicated to the Goddess Dimitra – an oracle for the sick – was also where Saint Andrew taught. The spring water is considered holy.

Panagia Plataniotissa
Peloponnese / Achaia

Here’s a very different kind of church, one that has a natural twist to it, having made its home inside a plane tree. This is seen locally as a miracle, and 15-20 people can fit within the church. It is located on the way from Kalavrita to Aigio via Pteri, some 30km from Kalavrita.

The Monastery of Omplos
Peloponnese / Achaia

Safely established in the early 15th century in proximity of three fortresses (Sarakinokastro, Saravali and Siderokastro), the Monastery of Omplos is dedicated to Sweet Holy Mary and was built in place of a more ancient structure.

Agios Nectarios
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Agios Nectarios is home to the island’s patron saint who built the church and lived in the monastery. He died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961 (remarkably soon by Orthodox standards). The monastery is positively enormous and contains two tall bell towers as well as dozens of arches and domes surrounded with windows.

Church of Faneromeni
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This old church is actually made up of three churches, the largest of which dates back to the 13th century. One of the smaller churches contains a magnificent icon of the Virgin Mary. The church also includes vineyards and orchards, all of which belong to the monastery of Chrisoleontissa.

Church of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This charming chapel may not contain beautiful icons, murals or metal offerings but it sits in the most privileged position atop the island’s point on Mt. Ellanio (Hellanios). It shares its glory with the remains of a sanctuary of Zeus and the views from the summit of the Saronic Gulf are truly spiritual.

Monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Just 2 kilometers south from Agios Nectarios lies the monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa. Its formidable high walls and tower stand testament to the fear of pirate raids which gripped the island. The tower was built in 1600 and the church which currently stands was constructed in 1800. The monastery is known for its carved icon screen, an icon of the Virgin Mary and impressive murals.

The Churches of Palaiohora
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The region of Palaiohora in the north central region of the island transports its visitors back seven centuries in time when the island lived under the threat of pirate attacks and frequent foreign invasions. These threats convinced the islanders that moving from the coast to the island’s interior would ensure their safety and prosperity.

Agios Nikolaos Kremastos Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Dating from the 10 century AD, the ‘Hanging Monastery of Saint Nicholas’ in Arakinthos lies within two caves in a cliff and features amazing religious paintings in Cappadocian style.

Agios Stefanos church, Rivio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A small and very old church, in a lonely field, this Byzantine building is set among trees and overlooks a gorgeous valley.

Church of Agia Paraskevi, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The chiefs of Mesolongi met in this church to plan the exodus of the besieged from the town. Sadly, they were betrayed and the exodus turned into a bittersweet event.

Church of Agia Sofia, Agios Nikolaos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Agia Sofia, the Agios Nikolaos church is built on the remains of the temple of Artemis, representing once again how the Byzantine church supplanted more ancient religions.

Church of Agios Kosmas in Megadendro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In the village of Megadendro where Agios Kosmas of Aetolia was born, there is a church in the name of this venerable local saint who actually played a role in the Greek Revolution.

Church of Agios Spyridon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Here’s another church related to the history and sortie or exodus of Mesolongi. Blessed by the town’s patron saint, Agios Spyridon, the church is where every year a parade marking the exodus begins to celebrate those who succeed in escaping. The parade continues to the Garden of the Heroes.

Church of Taxiarchs
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

In addition to an intricate iconostatis from the 18th century, this church in Aitoliko is home to the tomb of Kyra Vasiliki, the influencial Greek wife of Ali Pasha, powerful Ottoman ruler from Epirus.

Dormition Church, Avrakia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Amvrakia, which lies in the municipality of Amfilohia, is a post-byzantine church that has been nicely renovated.

Episkopi Mastrou
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Paying tribute to Agios Ioannis (St. John) of Rigana, this impressive Byzantine temple from the 14th century AD was built over another paleo-Christian Basilica. It was undoubtedly an important church.

Kimisi tis Theotokou, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The early-Christian church of Kimisi tis Theotokou – known in English as the Dormition of The Virgin Mary – is considered one of the landmark churches in the city of Agrinio.

Monastery of Agia Eleousa, Klissoura Canyon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Agrinio, the southern entrance of the Klisoura gorge or canyon boasts the rock-hewn monastery of Agia Eleousa. This is where Yiannis Gounaris, the hero who saved Mesolongi during its first siege by the Ottomans, lived in seclusion. Above the monastery, the water has sculpted the image of the virgin and a lamb.

Monastery of Myrtia near Thermo
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Near Thermo the centuries-old Monastery of Myrtia was established in 1491, named for all the myrtle trees that grow around it. Two churches from older times are found within the monastery, with well-preserved frescoes and a small bell from 1713.

Monastery of St. Simeon, Mesolongi
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Today it is peaceful among running water, sycamores, pines and plane trees, but the 17th century Monastery of Saint Simeon played a crucial role in the Greek War of Independence, when 1,800 people from besieged Mesolongi sought refuge within the Monastery’s walls. There is a large white cross in the memory of the martyrs who didn’t make it in the Battle of Mesolongi. After being burnt down by the Ottomans, the monastery was rebuilt in the 1836 and has become noted for its celebrations, particularly the folk festival on Whit Monday and the feast of Ypapanti on February 2. Both the monastery’s construction and surroundings make any visit worthwhile.

Monastery of the Pantocrator, Angelokastro
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

A Byzantine Monastery in Angelokastro, renovated in 1746. There used to be a chapel of Agios Charalambos in the past in its place and now it is a small chapel dedicated to the saint. To honor him on his name day(February 10), the locals celebrate with a feast.

Profitis Ilias Monastery, Karaiskakis
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The village of Karaiskakis with roots embedded in the Greek Revolution is home to the Moanstery of Profitis Ilias, dating from the 15th century.

Small churches around the lagoon
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Agia Triada in Kleisova, Agios Sostis on the island by the same name near the Vasiladiou lighthouse and the Virgin of Prokopanistou built on a small island in the middle of the lagoon.

St. Christopher Church, Agrinio
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Saint Christopher (Agios Christoforos) is the patron-saint and protector of Agrinio. The old Church of St. Christopher was founded in 1847 and the new one founded in 1920. A.D. Every Wednesday evening the supplicatory services to the Virgin Mary are held, and alternating chants to St. Christopher and St. Nektarios.

St. John the Baptist monastery, Vomvokos
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Situated 10km northeast of Nafpaktos, this catholic monastery is of great architectural, sculptural and painting interest. It has a variety of colours and expressive portraits, one of the most important works of art of the 17th century. It was built in 1695 on the foundations of an old temple by order of king Otto.

The Church of Panagia Tis Finikias
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Historically significant, the modest church of Panagia tis Finikias lies not far from the lagoon and on the way to Etoliko. It was a favourite resting place for Lord Byron who resided in the prefecture.

The monastery of Ambelakiotissa, Nafpaktia
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

Ambelakiotissa houses a monastery with a famous icon adorned with gold which disappeared and was found in the woods during the Ottoman occupation in the 15th century. The monastery’s other treasure is the forearm of St Polycarp of Smyrna, also covered in gold.

Varnakova Monastery
Central Greece / Aitolo-Akarnania

The Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin in Varnakova, Dorida, was established by monk Arsenios in 1077 AC in the era of Patriarch Kosmas. The graves of the Byzantine Komninos family lie in the Monastery. Its library is rich including Athanasios Diakos’ manuscript, calling on Greeks to rise up in 1821.

Agioi Anargiri
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

Two small churches 4km from Patitiri on a forested seaside cliff with great views. One is an old byzantine church and the other is the newer version meant to replace it after the earthquake. You must walk the last 500 meters.

Agios Konstantinos
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

About 12km from Patitiri and looking out to Skopelos, this church is almost hiddent in the woods of the ravine. Park near the shepherds’ settlement and walk down to the chapel. A path from here can take you to Ayios Yiorgios church. Feast: May 21.

Agios Yiorgios
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

Visit this secluded church in the middle of the island by car, almost 11km from Patatiri and enjoy the breathtaking views from here at a height of 350 meters, which looks out to the island of Skyros on a clear day. Feast: April 23.

Kyra Panagia
Thessaly & Sporades / Alonnisos

On the island of Kyra Panagia off Alonnisos there is a monastery with an old olive press inside. The island falls in Zone A of the Marine Park, so a trip there will reveal much nature.

Panagia Chozoviotissa Monastery
Cyclades / Amorgos

The most distinct monastery in Amorgos is that of Chozoviotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Located near the Hora (capital) on a steep slope above the sea, Chozoviotissa embodies Virgin Mary the protector of the island.

Panagia Kalamiotissa Monastery
Cyclades / Anafi

The Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa (1887) with the church of Zoodochos Pigi, is built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo on the mountain of Kalamos, and where a medieval observatory once stood. The inside features a beautifully painted and wood carved iconostasis from the 19th century, as well as the noteworthy icon of Kalamiotissa, decorated in silver. The monastery offers rooms to visitors and displays various holy heirlooms. Pilgrims come with fishing boats on the 8th of September for a large festival under the sounds of bag pipes, clarinet, violin, lute, song and dance. The view from the monastery is quite impressive.

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Agios Dimitrios Karakala
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the municipality of Nea Tiryns, the Monastery of Agios Dimitrios Karakala originally dates from the 11th century, although it can look quite modern on the outside.

Agios Theodosios Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

The Monastery of Agios Theodosios in the Municipality of Midea dates from the 10th century, even if the structure built around it seems more recent. Midea also has the 12th century austere yet interesting Church of the Dormition of the Virgin.

Avgo Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

A relatively young monastery that looks quite mysterious is that of Avgo dating from the 17th century and perched against the cliffs in the municipality of Kranidi.

Ayia Moni
Peloponnese / Argolida

Between Nafplio and Epidaurus, there is the classical-looking Monastery of Ayia Moni from the 12th century. This beautiful old monastery has a clear water spring and a small textile workshop.

Ayii Anargiri
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the municipality of Hermione lies the Monastery of Ayii Anargiri from the 11th century. A venerable ecclesiastical community with very old brick ‘school-like’ buildings surrounding a church in the middle of the valley.

Kalami Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

The Monastery of Kalami (Koimesis Theotokou) dates from the 15th century – even if it’s not initially obvious – and has a multi-roofed church set in an arcaded courtyard.

Katakekrimeni Portokalousa
Peloponnese / Argolida

Visit the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary (Katakekrimeni-Portokalousa) tucked on the hillside near Argos.

Taxiarches Monastery
Peloponnese / Argolida

In the Municipality of Epidaurus the Monastery of Taxiarches from the 15th century has an arcaded colonnade with medieval design surrounding a central church that looks more modern.

Zoodochos Pigi, Kefalari
Peloponnese / Argolida

A visit to the Church of Zoodochos Pigi of Kefalari in the municipality of Argos, with its historic caves and springs, is a must.

Agia Eleoussa Monastery, Vlacherna
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Agia Eleoussa means the ‘begging saint’. This old monastery inside a big cave near the Bezinikou summit overlooking Vlacherna, has only its church left intact and no monks to show for. It still affords stunning views and can be reached from the village.

Agia Theodora of Vasta
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Church of Saint Theodra can be found outside the village of Vasta near Megalopoli. It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. According to tradition the construction of the church is linked with the martyrdom of Theodora who was an 11th century Byzantine citizen born in the area of Ancient Melpiea.

Agios Nikolaos Monastery, Kaltezes
Peloponnese / Arkadia

On the boundary of Lakonia in an idyllic setting among fir and cypress trees, this monastery from 1720 lies above Kaltezes at 680 meters. It was re-established inconspicuously during Ottoman years after the forest had almost reclaimed it.

Agios Nikolaos, Karitena
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Don’t miss the 11th-century church of Ayios Nikolaos in quiet Karitena with its vivid and generally well-preserved frescoes, even despite the Ottomans trying to erase the faces on these frescoes. If it’s locked ask the locals to find the caretaker.

Church of the Apostoles, Leontari
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Byzantine church of the Apostoles, 14th century, with wall-paintings (for many years covered by a coat of whitewash), has been described as one of the finest in Greece.

Convent of Transfiguration (Loukous)
Peloponnese / Arkadia

A well-preserved 11th century church from the Byzantine era at this convent hosts a miraculous icon of the Saviour.

Monastery of Agios Giorgos Rekitsas
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The beautiful road from Dyrrachi to reach this historic monastery is an experience in itself. The monastery featured a secret school and harbored hearoes from the Greek revolution (e.g. Zacharias, Papaflessas, Anagnostaras, Nikitaras, Kolokotronis, etc.). Wall paintings by Michalis Pediotis of Crete date to 1714 .

Monastery of Kandila
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Right above the village of Kandila in Mantineia on the steep mountainside, this nunnery has suffered damage in the last couple of hundred years. In the rocks behind the church lies a cave that’s used as a fridge.

Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin, near Valtesiniko
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This 16th century church has fine wall-paintings and pretty woods close by. The remains of a Byzantine fort can be seen on Aimilianos hill which affords a good view of Mount Chelmos (or Aroania) and Mount Erymanthos.

Monastery of the Philosopher (Philosophou), Dimitsana
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Founded in 963 AD by Ioannis Lambardopoulos – philosopher at the court of Emperor Nicephorus Phocas – the monastery was meant to Christianize and Hellenize the Slavic settlers in the region. It moved down from the rocks by the Lousios gorge in the 17th century. Note its church of the Dormition, icons and wall paintings.

Monastery of the Virgin Gorgoepekoos at Nestani
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Here’s an old monastery built in a cave of Kastania mountain, south of Vlacherna. The church is still there but there are no monks today. Access the Monastery from the Tripoli-Patra crossroads just outside Vlacherna.

Orthokostas Monastery, near Prasto
Peloponnese / Arkadia

The Orthokostas Monastery of the Transfiguration features a marvelous 12th century church with notable Byzantine wall paintings. An Ottoman tower is found nearby.

Pano Chrepa Monastery, at Ano Chrepa
Peloponnese / Arkadia

This women’s monastery dedicated to Koimisi tis Theotokou was built in the side of Mainalo mountain at 1278 meters, in the early 11th century. This is the highest monastery in the Peloponnese. It offers amazing views all the way to Parnonas and Taygetos. Access fromthe village of Perthori near Tripoli.

Prodromou monastery, Lousios gorge
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Prodromou monastery dates probably to the 16th century and is considered the largest with over a dozen monks. Prodromou hangs from the rocks almost unnoticeably. It doubled as a hospital during the Greek War of Independence. In English it would be known as the monastery of John the Baptist. It lies near the historic village of Stemnitsa, Arcadia, and was rebuilt in 1973 over the remains of an old hermitage. Visit this small unique monastery and enjoy the panoramic view of the gorge, the remains of ancient Gortyna and the traditional village of Atsicholos.

St. Nicholas and the Ascension, Valtesiniko
Peloponnese / Arkadia

Near Valtesiniko there are two churches that are built in a double cave. Their wall paintings date from the 14th and 15th centuries. The churches were eventually destroyed by the Ottoman troops of Ibrahim Pasha.

Church of Agioi Anargyroi, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Between Prytaneiou and Erotokritou streets, also known as the Church of Holy Sepulchre, built on an even earlier church from the 6th century. Rebuilt in 1651 with a monastery but damaged in later troubles. Officially belongs to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Church of Panagia Chrysokastriotissa, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In Plaka on the corner of Sotirias Aliberti and Thrasyvoulou streets, the Koimesis Theotokou church or Panagia Chrysokastriotissa is tied to a miracle when in 1456 women and children hiding from invading Ottomans in the Acropolis escaped to the church and were saved.

Church of St. Catherine, Plaka
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Located off Lysicratous street on Agias Aikaterinis square, this 11th c. church is beautifully restored. The octagonal dome and central apse are from the original structure while the rest was added later on. The ruins nearby testify to an earlier pre-Christian temple.

Church of St. George of the Rock, Plaka, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In the Anafiotika district of Plaka, the local inhabitants who came from Anafi built the church on a rocky spur of the Acropolis, complete with a tiny courtyard. It is best viewed from climbing up the steps on the left side of the church.

Church of St. John the Theologian, Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

Off Erechtehos street on Erotokritou street, was built anywhere between the 9th-12th c. following a cross-in-square plan. In 1867 General Morosini of the venetians used the area in front of the church to bombard the Acropolis which helped destroy it.

Church of St. Nicholas Rangavas, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

The largest remaining Byzantine era (11th c.) church in Athens, corner of Prytaneiou and Epicharmou streets. Built by the grandson of Emperor Michael I Rangavas on the site of an ancient temple. Its ringing bells signalled the end of Ottoman and German occupations.

St. Nicholas of the Poorhouse, Downtown Athens
Athens & Nearby Islands / Athens City

In Greek this church is Agios Nikolaos tou Ftochokomeiou, built in 1876 with interesting irregular stonework done in ‘neo-byzantine style’. It lies across from the War Museum and near the British Embassy, accessed from the Evangelismos Metro.

Church of Agia Kyriaki in Kambia
Evia / Central Evia

One of Evia’s most picturesque churches lies just outside the village of Kambia at an altitude of 290 m. Virtually surrounded by foliage and reached by a wooden bridge; Agia Kyriaki seems taken out of a fairytale. A cave is found next to the church.

Church of Agios Georgios in Loukissia
Evia / Central Evia

This small chapel is unique, inside and out. Architecturally notable is the fact that it’s a single space church, which is quite rare in Greece. It consists of an octagonal dome and an entrance gate dating back to the 14th century AD, though its foundations are believed to have first been built sometime during the 11th century AD. The interior wall frescoes are still visible despite their old age.

Church of Panagia Chiliadou
Evia / Central Evia

Meaning “1000” this church is believed to be the 1000th of its kind built by the Byzantine Empress Theodora. It’s located near the village of Chiliadou just north of Kymi along central Evia’s Aegean coast.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Dating back to 1393, this remarkable chapel houses a number of well-preserved paintings. It’s located in the town of Aliveri along the southern Euboean gulf and stands atop a hill in the centre of the city next to a cemetery.

Early Christian Basilica of Agia Paraskevi in Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Considered the protectress of Evia’s capital city Halkida, the church of Agia Paraskevi was first built during the 5th century AD. Despite its large size and historic importance, the church itself is quite modest and is divided into 3 spaces within its interior. A number of notable Byzantine and Venetian nobles were buried onsite, and a gravestone from the 14th century AD can still be seen today.

Monastery of Ioannis Kalavitis Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

The picturesque Monastery of Ioannis Kalivitis is located roughly 5 klm. from the village of Psachna in the western section of central Evia. The church is famed not only for its beautiful location within the surrounding greenery, but also for the interesting story regarding the martyr it honours. According to tradition, the monastery was named after Ioannis Kalavitis, the son of wealthy parents in Constantinople. Born in 460 AD, the boy began reading and studying the New Testament from a young age, though his father tried to discourage it, preferring that his son pursue more of a traditional education.

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Honouring Christ’s transfiguration, this lofty monastery is built at an altitude of 280 m. on the side of hill within remote surroundings just outside of Kymi. Dating back to the 15th century, the monastery is said to have been founded from monks from Agios Oros.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Ano Vatheia
Evia / Central Evia

The women’s monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies in the village of Ano Vatheia approximately 5 klm. west of Aliveri. Built on the side of Koutali Hill, the monastery sits at an altitude of 430 m. and is famed for its incredible views out over the south Euboean Gulf. Some claim it was built by monks who were being chased by Turkish forces and founded the church on atop the ruins of an earlier church. Even before that, it seems likely that a sanctuary of Asclepius stood on the site. Today the church has been converted into a women’s monastery.

Women’s Monastery of Mantzari in Oxylithos
Evia / Central Evia

Evia’s second-oldest monastery can be found in the village of Oxylithos 7 klm. south of Kymi. Though the date of its foundation is unknown, the church is mentioned in archives dating back to the early 16th century AD. What is certain is that it had amassed a fortune in land stretching as far as Styra in southern Evia. Its monks also appear to have fought against the Turks during the revolution alongside the famous Evian general, N. Kriezotis. Today it is home to a handful of nuns.

Women’s Monastery of Panagia Perivleptou Politikon
Evia / Central Evia

Just outside of the village of Politika along the northern Euboean coast is the women’s monastery of Panagia Perivleptou. Surrounded by foliage atop a picturesque hill, this 11th century church is now home to a handful of orthodox nuns. Its exterior consists of a single dome and ceramic tile roof, while its multi-colour marble floors are unique.

Corfu and Paxon Cathedral (1 Arseniou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Inside you’ll find ancient icons dating back to the 15th Century.

Madonna Kremasti and St. James Church (Kremasti Square)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

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.

Madonna of Vlacherna (Kanoni)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Connected to the mainland by a causeway, this 17th Century whitewashed church creates the illusion that it’s floating in the sea.

Panagia ton Xenon – Madonna of the Foreigners Church (Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

A priest built this 18th Century basilica for his compatriots from Epirus who had fled Ottoman oppression in mainland Greece and settled in Corfu.

St. James’ Catholic Church – Duomo (3 Montsenigou St.)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Corfu’s significant Catholic community worships in this imposing 16th Century Gothic-Baroque style Cathedral.

St. Jason and St. Sosipater Church (Garitsa)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

Founded in the 11th Century, this is Corfu’s oldest church and an excellent example of Byzantine architecture.

St. Nicholas ton Geronton (of the Elderly) Church (Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

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.

St. Spyridon Cathedral (Corfu Town)
Ionian Islands / Corfu (Kerkyra)

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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Agia Paraskevi, Vraggiana
Central Greece / Evrytania

This church was constructed in 1605 in this historic village and functioned as the Greek Museum School (Hellinomousei Agrafon-Gouvas) as a university in old times, where many notables taught. The area had 24 churches then, and only three of these survive today, nonetheless attracting many pilgrims to the village.

Agios Nikolaos of Vounenis Church, Kleitso
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is a very special church because it features a very rare relic – a silver case about 700 years old that contains the holy hand of the Evangelist Luke.

Church of Agia Triada, Karpenissi
Central Greece / Evrytania

The Byzantine church of Agia Triada was renovated in 1645 by the well-respected teacher Eugenios Giannoulis of Aitolos who taught Byzantine music and then established a school in Karpenissi.

Church of Agion Taxiarchon in Marathos
Central Greece / Evrytania

This church was built in 1772 and contains fine 18th century murals.

Church of Agios Dimitrios in Karpenissi
Central Greece / Evrytania

The hill where this church lies was supposedly part of Mount Velouchi, but was separated in prehistoric times. There is a great view of Karpenissi from here.

Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotira, Fourna
Central Greece / Evrytania

Notable relics and heirlooms from the school of the Zoodohou Pigis Monastery can be found at this church. They include four icons and works by Dionysus of Fourna.

Church of Miriki
Central Greece / Evrytania

If you go to Miriki, only 7 km from Karpenissi yet lying at an elevation of 1,100 meters, you will find the village among dense woods of fir trees. The church of the village has a very special icon screen carved from walnut wood.

Domiana Monastery – Kimisis tis Theotokou
Central Greece / Evrytania

This is one of the most significant post-Byzantine monuments, having made a valuable contribution to the Nation and to Orthodoxy. The church was first built in the 16th century. The monastery has interesting murals from 1787, in the Byzantine style. Holy water emerges from the floor in the northwest section.

Hermitage of Osia Maria the Egyptian, Mikro Horio
Central Greece / Evrytania

If you’re in in Mikro Horio, check out the retreat or hermitage of Osia Maria the Egyptian. It is a rarer phenomenon in the area and stories surround Osia Maria (‘Osia’ is a title that’s a step lower than a ‘Saint’ but still very revered).

Metamorphosis tou Sotira Monastery in East Frangista
Central Greece / Evrytania

It was built in middle of the 16th century. Today the chancellery is all that remains of the large monastic complex that was in the Sotira area. It was renovated in 1725 and features rare Byzantine style murals dating from 1735. There is also a wood carving dating from 1737.

Metamorphosis tou Sotira Monastery, Vraha
Central Greece / Evrytania

Built around the year 1700 in the post-Byzantine era monastery boasts perfectly preserved murals and Byzantine icons. There are no monks sleeping there, but you can still visit.

Paleo-Christian Church of Agios Leonidis, Klausi
Central Greece / Evrytania

The paleo-Christian church of Agios Leonidis – in the alleged area of ancient Kallion – dates from the 5th century, with its superb mosaic floor that measures 28 x 18 meters. It has amazing designs and colours. In addition to the mosaic floor, the Holy Altar and seat survive in this church.

Panagia tis Stana, Epiniana (Agrafa)
Central Greece / Evrytania

Here’s a monastery tucked away in the rocks. It was built in 1550, with its main church containing icons from the 16th century. Dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin, this monastery is one of the more important in Agrafa. It does not function as a monastery proper anymore but can be visited.

Proussos Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the few monasteries still standing in Evrytania, the Proussos monastery has frescoes dating back to 1785 as well as some from the 13th century, while the church itself is from the 9th century. The wood-carved iconostasis is from 1810. The monastery was built practically in the wild where weather conditions can get tough. There used to be a crypt which now functions as the church, with an allegedly miraculous icon from the Middle Byzantine period. Relics of saints are guarded here, and the decoration in general is remarkable. Old books and manuscripts are also among the relics. A sword from 1821is said to belong to Greek hero Karaiskakis. The monastery was also set on fire many times through the ages, the last time being by the Nazis in the Second World War, who probably discovered that it was a base for the resistance. The monastery has a museum that boasts religious and historical artefacts, including manuscripts and books from as far back as the 15th century. A sword that supposedly belonged to Greek hero Karaiskakis is also on display.

Tatarna Monastery Museum
Central Greece / Evrytania

One of the two monasteries in operation (the other being Proussos), Tatarna has a very tumultuous history. It was originally built in the 11th century, destroyed 3 centuries later, then rebuilt in 1556. It was again destroyed in 1823 by the Ottomans as it harboured numerous rebels, to be built again under King Otto in the 1840s. Once again it was destroyed completely in 1963 because of a landslide and was rebuilt 500 meters away where it stands today. Despite all this, its valuable relics and holy objects where saved, including a library which holds 633 texts. Some of these were published in Venice, Vienna and elsewhere. The mosaic icon titled ‘King of Glory’, dating from 1350 AD, is also noteworthy. A library with over 600 texts forms part of this museum. Some of these texts were published in Vienna, Venice and other cities during the 16th century. A mosaic-laid icon called ‘King of Glory’ is also on display dating back to 1350 AD.

Agia Paraskevi Church, Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

This church is known for its solar calendar in its roof, a zodiac cycle embedded in its floor and unique sundial in its forecourt, a rarity in churches that here reflects the maritime overtones of the town.

Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim, Trikorfo
Central Greece / Fokida

The tradition of monasteries continues in modern times with the recent construction of this magnificent masterpiece, the monastery of Agios Augustinos and Agios Serafim of Sarof, in the village of Trikorfo. It boasts the largest belfry in the world, with 60 bells and 400 gongs ringing loud and captivating listeners.

Agios Nikolaos Church, Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

In Galaxidi, the church of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) is well known for its carved icon screen made from wood.

Annunciation Cathedral, Amfissa
Central Greece / Fokida

In Amfissa enthusiasts of Orthodox and Byzantine churches must visit the Annunciation Cathedral with its painted murals by Spiros Papaloukas, as well as the Sotiros Byzantine Church from the 11th or 12th century.

Church of Ioannis Prodromos, Kirra
Central Greece / Fokida

In Kirra, there is the small church of Ioannis Prodromos (or John the Baptist) is well known for its thermal spring or ‘Agioneri’ which is said to help alleviate stomach problems.

Church of the Ascension, Nea Koukoura
Central Greece / Fokida

Also in Efpalio the old church of the Ascension of the Savior in Nea Koukoura and the small monastery of Agios Ioannis of Efpalio, constructed in an original Byzantine technique, are worth seeing.

Church of the Taxiarchs, Desfina
Central Greece / Fokida

The Church of the Taxiarchs, built in the 12th century, is found on the grounds of Agios Charalambos church and features impressive if partly incomplete wall paintings.

Ioannis Prodromos Monastery, Desfina
Central Greece / Fokida

The Monastery of Ioannis Prodromos in Desfina overlooks the plateau and features awe-inspiring hagiography. Also in Desfina and more on the lower side of the plateau the church of the Taxiarchs features hagiography that supposedly protected the rebels of the Greek revolution.

John the Baptist Monastery, Artotina
Central Greece / Fokida

The Monastery of Ioannis Vaptistis (John the Baptist) in Artotina, high on Mount Vardoussia, played an important role in the War of Independence, where hero Athanasios Diakos said his vows before marching into battle. Today it is a very serene place set in nature, beside the E4 hiking path.

Kemessis Theotokou, Gravia
Central Greece / Fokida

A relatively older monastery than others in the area, Kemessis Theotokou Panassaris (Dormition of Virgin Mary) in Gravia was built in 1517. Now an old landmark that is hosts many local feasts and celebrations, the monastery also played a role in sheltering Greek resistance fighters during the war.

Monastery of Metamorphosis, Galaxidi
Central Greece / Fokida

Overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, the Monastery of Metamorphosis Tou Sotira or Transfiguration is the epitome of Byzantine monasteries, complete with old hagiography inside and a picnic ground outside.

Monastery of Panagia Varnakova, near Efpalio
Central Greece / Fokida

The Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Varnakova or Holy Virgin Mary is one of the grander and more important ones in the prefecture, situated on Mount Vardoussia some 20 kilometers away from Efpalio. It was built in 1077 AD was a pillar of Hellenism during a time with the Catholic church hoped to convert the Orthodox. It also played a part in protecting those who escaped from the holocaust of Mesolongi in 1826, so did the monastery of Agios Ioannis of Thermes. Today, chestnut trees and a serene mountainous environment await visitors there. It was built in 1077 AD was a pillar of Hellenism during a time with the Catholic church hoped to convert the Orthodox. It also played a part in protecting those who escaped from the holocaust of Mesolongi in 1826, so did the monastery of Agios Ioannis of Thermes. Today, chestnut trees and a serene mountainous environment await visitors there.

Monastery of the Virgin Mary, Prosilio
Central Greece / Fokida

On a peak of Mount Giona near Prosilio, the Monastery of the Virgin Mary is an attractive post-Byzantine structure with traditional hagiography. It offers a great visit when combined with a hiking trip.

Palaiopanagia Church, Polydrossos
Central Greece / Fokida

Near Polydrossos here is a worthy Byzantine church of Palaiopanagia (also known as Mavromantila or Agia Eleousa). This is a cruciform church of a rare architectural style, with ruins of an ancient temple possibly dedicated to the three graces (treis charites).

Panayia Koutsoufou Monastery, Eratini
Central Greece / Fokida

In the village of Amigdalia (meaning Almond Tree) situated in the hills above Eratini lies the historic monastery of the Panayia Koutsoufou, a more remote religious locale compared to others in the region. The monastery was restored recently, and the view on to the Gulf of Corinth is surreal.

Profitis Ilias Monastery, Chrisso
Central Greece / Fokida

Some 7 kilometres northwest of Chrisso lies the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, at an elevation of 400 meters. It boasts a view of the bountiful olive groves of Amfissa, as well as Galaxidi, the Gulf of Corinth and the Peloponnese mountains across the Gulf. After being destroyed by the Ottomans in 1825 and set on fire by the Italians in 1943, it was slowly rebuilt and its more ancient elements restored. It is now a female monastery with a superb woodcut icon screen depicting the old and new testaments. There are also interesting works by a noted artist from Epirus, in addition to a library of valuable manuscripts and letters dating from the Greek revolution.

Saint Nektarios Monastery, Trikorfo
Central Greece / Fokida

Started by a group of nuns in 1991, the Monastery of Saint Nektarios is a relatively young monastery, secluded in the mountains, on the road to lovely Dorida right before the village of Trikorfo. After a harsh beginning, today the Monastery makes a living by selling a variety of products from handmade creams, soap, incense, wooden psalm books, candles, icons, crosses, traditional sweets, homemade local pasta and much more. The monastery is also known for its catacombs.

Zoodohos Pigi Church, Sykia
Central Greece / Fokida

In Sykia the inspiring little church of Zooodohos Pigi lies in a cave, where a small pond and icons add to the mystique and sacredness of this intriguing place.

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Agia Paraksevi, Makrakomi
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The little church of Agia Paraskevi in Makrokomi is a quiet place of worship surrounded by greenery and cypress trees.

Agiarsali cave church of Amfikleia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Amfikleia lies yet antoher unique church, that of Agiarsali (short for Saint Jerusalem in Greek), built in the back of a cave.

Agioi Theodori, Dafnousion
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The municipality of Dafnousion features an old Byzantine church from the 14th century known as Agii Theodori, which like many others functioned as an undercover school during Ottoman times. Several other religious establishments in the area are captivating in a spiritual sense, such as the monastery of Metamorfosi tou Soitra in Livantes, the church of Agios Loukas in Arkitsa surrounded by lush greenery, and the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Gouliemi.

Agios Dimitrios Mavrilos church, Agios Giorgos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Agios Giorgos, you will come across Agios Dimitrios of Mavrilos, an impressive work of Byzantine architecture from the 17th century. The church on the inside contains elements such as wood and ivory.

Agios Dimitrios, Elatia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The Church of Agios Dimitrios in Elatia is home to a monument from Byzantine times, complete with a relief from the year 1880 showing Agios Dimitrios himself. Elatia also boasts the regionally beloved Church of Agios Athanassios built in 1759, considered a historic monument with frescoes from the 18th century.

Agios Dimitrios, Paleokastro
Central Greece / Fthiotida

A notable church in Fthiotida is that of Agios Dimitrios in Paleokastro. It is one of the oldest in the area with rare byzantine icons and an outstanding iconostasis.

Agios Nikolaos, Papa, Mesohori
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the village of Papa in Mesohori, the church of Agios Nikolaos is a rectangular structure built with limestone and no dome, making it particularly interesting and architecturally unique. The interior has stunning hagiographies all around. The church was built in 1788 and is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Ai Thanassis, Agios Nikolaos, and Agia Triada, Mendenitsa
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The lovely village of Mendenitsa in the municipality of Molos boasts the church of Ai Thanassis and the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the Convent of Agia Triada or the Holy Trinity. The nuns at the convent engage themselves in hagiography.

Boulder church of Kiparissona
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Pelasgia in Kiparissonas there is a unique Byzantine church made out of boulders.

Churches of Megali Kapsi
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the municipality of Agios Giorgos, the churches of Megali Kapsi, near the wooden forest village at Livadaki, are of particular historical significance. One of these is the Church of Agia Triada or Holy Trinity, which was constructed in 1749 following an uncharacteristic basilican architectural design.

Islet churches off Opountion
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Off the coast of Opountion, the church of the New Agios Nikolaos sitting on the island was actually built in 1493. There is also the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos of Larimna built at Meseos Milos.

Malesina churches
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Malesina visit the church of Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni which is considered one of the more notable structures in the region, in addition to the church of Agios Ioannis Grothos and the Convent of Agios Giorgos. The latter has captivating frescoes dating from the 11th century.

Monasteries in Stylida
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The little town of Stylida is home to important religious points such as the monasteries of Saint Vlassios, Agios Giorgos and archangels.

Monasteries of Metamorfosi and Gorgoipikoou
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In the lush green area of Gorgopotamos and Alepospita there are the Monastery of Metamorfosi and the Monastery of Gorgoipikoou. The municipality of Gorgopotamos has an interesting church of Panagia Proussis in Vardates which is situated in a cliff side.

Monastery of Damasta
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Damasta the Monastery of Damasta lying on the north slopes of Mount Kalidromo is also historically significant, playing an active role in the Greek Revolution of 1821. Also in nearby Moschohori there are several lovely churches such as Profitis Elias, Agios Giorgios and the Monastery of Taxiarches.

Monastery of Panagia Agathonos
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Ypati or Ipati the Monastery of Panagia Agathonos was established in the 14th century, set in amazing nature on the sides of Mount Iti, at an altitude of some 600 meters. In boasts unique frescoes and relics. There is also an animal farm and a Museum of Natural History.

Monastery of the Assumption, Tithorea
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Tithorea, the picturesque village of Agia Marina is home to the Monastery of the Assumption, dating from the 10th century, as well as the church of Agia Marina itself with stunning frescoes.

Noteworthy churches near Lamia
Central Greece / Fthiotida

Around Lamia, the church of Agios Loukas on the hill by the same name lies in the woods. It offers a splendid view of the gulf below. Another important church is Panagia Archntiki (meaning the Noble Madonna) which dates from the 18th century. It boasts frescoes from the Old Testament that are worth gazing at.

Panagia Eleousa, Xiniada
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Xiniada there is a monastery dedicated to the Merciful Madonna, or Panagia Eleousa in Greek. Also visit the Church of the Assumption which was established in 1760. In Omvriaki visit the Monastery of Agios Athanassios.

Peter & Paul, Transfiguration churches, Dafni
Central Greece / Fthiotida

The little village of Dafni in the municipality of Ypati features a church of Peter and Paul in the main square. The Church of the Transfiguration of Christ, built between the 9th and 11th centuries, is considered a monastery in itself with interesting relics and frescoes. Note the great view of Maliakos and Knimida.

Saint Seraphim and Agios Giorgos, Askitario
Central Greece / Fthiotida

In Askitario within the municipality of Elatia has the church of Saint Seraphim, a native of the region. There is also the Church of Agios Giorgos (Sfaka) built between 1562 and 1571, with an iconostasis embellished with almost folkloric frescoes.

Timfristos churches
Central Greece / Fthiotida

There are many notable churches such as Agios Athanassios, Metamorfosi tou Sotira (Transfiguration of Christ), Agios Athanassios, and Zoodochou Pigis (Life-giving Spring), as well as that of Prophet Elias and Agios Georgios.

Agios Nikolaos Church, Maza
Crete / Hania

In the small, scenic village of Maza is the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos. Inside the church is decorated with a lovely collection of religious paintings by Ioannis Pagomenos that tell the story of Saint Nikolaos. At the entrance to the town a sign directs you to the Chapel of Metamorfosis Sotiros that contains 14th-century frescoes. The fresco of the Transfiguration on the south wall is particularly impressive.

Agios Nikolaos, Armeni
Crete / Hania

Located in the small village of Armeni, east of the city of Hania, and nestled amongst numerous olive groves as well as colourful orange and avocado trees is home of the Byzantine church of Agios Nikoloas. A lovely yet weathered yellow stone church worth a view.

Church of Panagia and basilica
Crete / Hania

The road from Hania to the beginning of the Samaria Gorge is one of the most spectacular routes in Crete. After heading through orange groves to the village of Fournes, a left fork leads to Meskla, twisting and turning along a gorge offering beautiful views, with many religious surprises in store.

Gouverneto Monastery (Our Lady of Angels)
Crete / Hania

A short distance away from Agia Triada monastery is Gouverneto Monastery, another of the most historically important monasteries on Crete, built in 1537.

Katholiko Monastery (Monastery of Saint John the Hermit)
Crete / Hania

Amid jagged rock and arid surroundings are the remnants of the Katholiko monastery. A half hour walk through the Avlaki Gorge brings you to the buildings, some built right into the rock. Built in the 11th century the monastery was abandoned in the 16th, perhaps due to threats of pirate raids.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Church of the Koimesis
Crete / Hania

Just outside the village of Alikambos is the small, pale yellow church of Koimesis. It dates back to as early as 1000 AD and houses some nicely preserved frescoes painted by Ioannis Pagomenos – a famous Cretan painter of the 14th century whose work is in numerous churches around the island.

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon (The Holy Trinity)
Crete / Hania

One of the most famous and extraordinary monasteries in Crete, Agia Triada was built by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon (both monks and progeny of a prominent Venetian-Cretan family) in 1634 and was finally completed after 1821.

Xrissoskalitissa Monastery
Crete / Hania

Just a couple of kilometers from Elafonissos beach is the impressive monastery of Hryssoskalitisa. Overlooking the sea and situated atop a large slab of rock, this gorgeous blue and white monastery (now a convent home to just one nun) is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother. Inside is a small chapel containing some religious relics and texts. As tradition goes, this monastery was given the name ‘Monastery of the Golden Stair’ dating back to beliefs that just one of its ninety-eight steps was made of gold but only the most faithful and pure of heart could recognize it.

Aghios Markos Church
Crete / Herakleion

Unsprisingly, given the name, this church was built by the Venetians in reverence towards their city’s patron saint, Mark. One of many churches adopted by the Ottomans for use as a mosque, addeding a minaret. It can be found on Venizelos square in the city.

Aghios Minas cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

One of Greece’s largest cathedrals the cruciform building has a domed roof, and twin towers. Heavily damaged in the 1866 revolution, it was restored some 30 years later. Located on Aghia Ekaterina square in Herakleion next to the church of that name, which was built in 1555.

Aghios Titos Cathedral
Crete / Herakleion

Whilst Mark was the patron saint of Venice, the Cretans paid homage to Titos (or Titus), the first bishop of the island, and the recipient of epistles from St Paul, in the first century AD.

Agios Matthaios of Sinai
Crete / Herakleion

Collections of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, including icons from the 15th century painter Angelos and no fewer than six icons painted by Michael Damaskenos, second only to ‘El Greco’ in fame.

Monastary of Vrondisi
Crete / Herakleion

Situated between the villages of Vorizia and Zaros the monastery, has a double aisled church, dedicated to the apostle Thomas, and a beautiful fountain with water issuing-forth from lions’ heads. The original monastery dates back to the second Byzantine period (961-1204 AD), though most of what can be seen now, is 16th century. It currently has two monks residing within its walls.

Monastery of Aghios Nikolaos
Crete / Herakleion

Close to the village of Zaros, near the Rouvas gorge, the monastery of Aghios Nikolaos, has superb frescoes painted upon its walls, and a famous icon painted by Michaelis Damaskinos, of The Last Supper.

Monastery of Valsamoneron
Crete / Herakleion

This was a very important monastery, during the Renassaince period, when the growth of art and culture was being stifled by the Ottoman Turks.

Monestary of Epanosiphis
Crete / Herakleion

Situated close to village of Aghios Vassilios, itself 32 Kms from Herakleion, this monastery flourished at the very time that Christianity was threatened most, i.e during the Ottoman occupation, and after 1669.

The Church of Saint Catherine
Crete / Herakleion

Originally built as early as the 10th century, though what we see now is at least 600 years younger dating back to 1555, and built during Venetian rule. Within the church, are icons painted by the great Michail Damaskinos are dislayed, and it’s more of a museum than a functioning church, as there’s only one service a year, on Ekaterina’s nameday, 25th November

The Church of the Archangel Michaelis
Crete / Herakleion

A lovely Byzantine church, not far from the village of Arkalochori, some 34 Kms south-east of Herakleion. A cruciform shaped building built of stone, with a tiled roof, it contains some original Byzantine frescoes.

Agia Evpraxias Monastery
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

A worthwhile site for anyone exploring Hydra, it can be reached by foot or on donkey. This women’s convent lies a short distance from that of Profitis Ilias, at an altitude of 500 m. It’s surrounded by pine and cypress trees and enjoys impressive views. The quaint sanctuary lies in a simple building, and is part of the greater complex dating back to 1865.

Church of Ipapanti
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

One of Hydra’s most historic churches, Ipapanti, was built in 1780 by Lazaros Dimitriou Kokkini. It is part of the larger complex of the Church of the Domitian of the Virgin Mary.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This large church is located in the center of Hydra’s main port. It includes a three-level bell tower constructed completely out of marble from the island of Tinos, and which can be seen from every point in town. It was designed by Venetian and Genovese architects in 1643, when it first began to operate as a women’s monastery. Today, only the main sanctuary is still in use, with some of the former nun’s cells having been converted into civil offices, while others have become part of a small ecclesiastical museum.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of St. Nicolas can be found in the area of Limnioniza and was built sometime between 1675 and 1724. It features a Byzantine design with an octagonal bell tower and enjoyed a period of great influence following the Greek revolution of 1821. By the 1940s however, the monastery had fallen into disrepair and was eventually abandoned after the last priest, blessed Aresenios Vetimis, passed away. Renovation began under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1983, when it was converted into a woman’s convent, and today it has been completely refurbished.

Monastery of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

Honoring the prophet Elijah, this church sits at an elevated, picturesque site just below the island’s highest point of Mt. Eros (588 m.) Visitors pass through a beautiful pine forest before arriving and enjoying panoramic views over the island and the entire Argo-saronic Gulf. It was built in 1831 and operated as a prison during the years of the Greek revolution for resistance leaders such as Theodoros Kolokotronis and many others. Today the monastery contains a rich library which was originally compiled in 1870 by the head priest at that time, Ierotheo Kostopoulos.

Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary (Zourvas)
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

The monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary can be found on the plateau of Zourvas, located along the island’s eastern side. Reaching it requires taking a water taxi from Hydra’s port until reaching the small harbor of Limanaki (Lediza) which lies below the monastery. From there it’s a difficult hike, requiring 40-45 minutes and good stamina before reaching the entrance. The stunning landscape and views, however, are a fitting reward for visitors’ efforts.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This beautiful and unique church is the newest of its kind on Hydra. It has been built atop the former church honoring the same saint, and today houses various wooden carvings as well as impressive, gold-plated decorations.

The Monastery of Agia Triada
Athens & Nearby Islands / Hydra Island

This monastery honoring the Holy Trinity, is located east of Profitis Ilias Church and next to the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. It was founded in 1704, and converted into a house of prayer in 1970. Today the building is simple and plain, and entrance is forbidden to women.

Church of the Ascension of Jesus
North Aegean / Ikaria

The church of the Ascension of Jesus can be found in the quaint village of Gialiskari. The spot on which the church is located was formerly an island, where a returning native Ikarian decided to build a church.

Holy Church of Agia Sofia (St. Sofia)
North Aegean / Ikaria

The small chapel of St. Sofia is built on a rock north of the village of Monokambi. According to local tradition, Zacharias Karapetis, a native Ikarian who had immigrated to the U.S., had a vision of an icon in the cavity of the rock on which the church is built today. After painstaking excavations done by the villagers on site, the remains of St. Sofia and her three daughters were found. The are said to have been brought to the island by a monk from Ioannina named Ioannis Muraios, in an effort to save their remains from the Turks. Karapetis managed to build the church on this site. Later, a portion of the bones were stolen, though the rest of the remains can be found on site.

Holy Church of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicolas)
North Aegean / Ikaria

This church is the oldest remaining of its kind within the old town of Agios Kyrikos. Located in the capital’s central square. According to historical accounts, the sanctuary was built sometime between 1820 and 1840, while the bell tower dates back to around 1860. During the construction of the church, foundations of an older church were found, which date back to the first years of Christianity on the island.

Holy Church of St. Kyrikos, Agios Kyrikos
North Aegean / Ikaria

The capital of the island takes its name from this young martyr, who also happens to be Ikaria’s patron saint. According to historical sources, Kyrikos and his mother Ioulitta were martyred in Asia Minor at Tarsus during the 4th century A.D. And were canonized by the church, with Kyrikos possibly being Orthodoxy’s youngest saint, losing his life at just three years old. The church was built between 1902 – 1911 under the auspices of Belgian architect Eugene Dypre. Architecturally speaking, it’s a three-aisled cruciform basilica with an impressive dome, that is visible from ships approaching the island’s harbour. The church was built by G.S. Fountouli while the inner sanctuary is the work of A. Vlachogeni. The icons were painted on marble plaques by the painter Nikos Sitara of Samos.

Holy Church of St. Paul, Akamatra
North Aegean / Ikaria

This relatively unknown church near the village of Amamatra, represents one of Ikaria’s prized gems. The small, single-spaced church consists of two marble dividers which separate the inner and outer sanctuaries. As one of the oldest churches on the island, it features several colourful frescoes.

Holy Monastery of Evangelismos (Annunciation to the Virgin Mary)
North Aegean / Ikaria

Near the village of Xilosirti, a few kilometres outside of Agios Kyrikos, stands the Holy Monastery of Evangelismos, in the area of Lefkada. It was built in the 18th century by two priests from Agios Oros, who took refuge from pirates on the island, and build this church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In 1955, the church was turned into a monastery for women. Today the small chapel of St. Makarios has still been  preserved, featuring the cell where the saint stayed, as well as mosaic floors underneath which, a crypt is located. A bit further from the main church, lies the confessional of the nuns, as well as two mills, an olive press, and the docks where monks kept their boats. Enough of the structure has survived to warrant a visit.

Holy Monastery of Evangelistrias Mavrianou, Nanoura
North Aegean / Ikaria

This church can be found in the western side of the island, a few kilometres south of the village of Nanoura. From an architectural point of view, the church doesn’t stand out; only a marble column base and various marble and clay fragments point to the existence of an ancient settlement or temple which once stood in the same location. The sanctuary of the church contains a wood carved statue that dates back to 1820, as well as an icon of the Virgin Mary.

Holy Monastery of St. Onoufriou, Mavrato
North Aegean / Ikaria

Located between the villages of Oxe and Mavrato, this church represents an important piece of the island’s history and culture. Remains of monks’ cells, and an icon depicting St. Onoufriou can be seen within the church’s interior, while a marble plaque adorns the outer wall of the monastery. The grounds of the complex contain gardens and vineyards which the monks cultivated, as well as the ruins of a kiln, where the monks created and later sold ceramic wares. The remnants of an olive press can also be seen, as well as a hawthorn tree, which grows throughout the highlands of Ikaria and is prized among the islanders for its healing properties.

Holy Monastery of Zoodohou Pigi (Fountain of Life)
North Aegean / Ikaria

This monastery otherwise known as “Monastiraki” to locals, is located in the island’s capital within the neighborhood of Christo. It was first built in 1890, though it has been abandoned since 1955. A large portion of the church was destroyed in the large fire of 1993. Though it holds little interest architecturally, the remains of the monks’ cells can still be sen today, as well as a wall overlooking the west.

Monastery of Osias Theoktistis and the chapel of Theoskepastis
North Aegean / Ikaria

This monastery is located near the village of Pigi in the northern part of Ikaria, and is dedicated to St. Theoktisti from Lesbos. The date of its foundation remains unknown, though it is sure to have been in operation from at least 1688, when the church’s sanctuary was painted, as an original inscription reads on its southern wall. The entire complex is comprised of the sanctuary which contains elaborate frescoes, 15 cells and various other facilities. Just a few metres from the sanctuary lies the chapel of Theoskepastis, built into the interior of a cave, below  a large rock formation. According to local tradition, when the villagers discovered the remains of the saint within a crypt located behind the sanctuary, they brought them to the cave and designated the area as a chapel. Within its interiors remains an old wood-carved mantle dating back to 1894.

Sanctuary of the Archangel, Miliopo
North Aegean / Ikaria

This sanctuary features some of the oldest remains of a Christian church on the island. It’s located near the village of Miliopo, in the northern part of the island and is known by the locals as the Church of Taxiarches. The first phase of its building dates back to the 4th century A.D. The church is 15 metres long and 6.5 metres wide, and consists of the arch of the pulpit, the square altar, two marble plaques and mantles, as well as columns made from real marble.

The Chapel of Panagitsas (Presentation of the Virgin Mary)
North Aegean / Ikaria

Though small in size, this chapel is a local gem, featuring original Ikarian architecture and dating back to 1806. Today visitors can visit the church which leds between the villages of Christos and Agios Dimitrios within the area of Raches. Within the church’s interior, visitors will see ornate frescoes and a wooden cross above the mantle. Also of intererst are a copy of the Holy Gospels dating back to 1872, and a liturgical pamphlet from the 19th century. Near the monastery lie the remains of an old watermill which supplied the village of Christos with water.

The Church of Agia Eirini (St. Irene)
North Aegean / Ikaria

One of the most important Byzantine monuments of Ikaria is the church of St. Irene, which was built on top of an early Christian basilica, parts of which, can still be seen today. At one time the church’s foundation had been dated between the 9th and 10th centuries, though it has recently been revised to somewhere during the 11th or 12th century A.D. Belonging to the simple, four column cruciform style, the church is rectangular, with the points of the cross supported by gabled roofs and a dome which stands atop an eight-sided drum. The church’s roof is covered by slate shingles, while the original walls have been re-coated.

Agia Sofia of Andravida
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Agia Eleoussa, near Lygia
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Ano Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Eisodiotissa, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Fragopidima
Peloponnese / 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. Fragopidima means Frankish Leap, and the Monastery is allied to Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) who protected the Frank. The monastery is a short picturesque drive from Pyrgos.

Monastery of Frangavilla
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Kato Divri
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Kremasti
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Poretso
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Sepeto
Peloponnese / Ilia

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).

Monastery of Vlaherna
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Skafidia Monastery, near Pyrgos
Peloponnese / Ilia

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.

Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Gastouni
Peloponnese / Ilia

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. Frankish elements were added in the 14the century, with murals from the different eras as well. The Byzantine icon of the Holy Mother is noteworthy, so is the stunning throne.

Agia Paraskevi, Metsovo
Epirus / Ioannina

Standing proud in the centre of the village square is the church of Agia Paraskevi. It was constructed sometime during the 16th century and acts as the unofficial emblem church of Metsovo.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Agios Georgios, Negades
Epirus / Ioannina

In the village of Negades, this church stands out for its remarkable frescoes and unique bell tower in the shape of a hexagon. The frescoes feature both saints and prominent figures of ancient Greece such as Aristotle and Plutarch, painted by some of the famed iconographers from the village of Kapesovo.

Agios Nikolaos Philanthropinon
Epirus / Ioannina

Located on the small island of “Nisaki” just across the lake from the city of Ioannina, this monastery features some interesting wall frescoes of various saints but also includes paintings of a few ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Agios Panteleimon
Epirus / Ioannina

Also found on Nisaki island is this monastery in which the famed ruler Ali Pasha met his fate in 1822. He was beheaded in the lower level of the monastery as he awaited the sultan’s pardon in vain. Today the museum of pre-revolution history operates on site and the monasteries of the island keep their libraries here as well.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Church of Taxiarches, Kostaniani
Epirus / Ioannina

Another example of an early church is the Church of Taxiarches outside the village of Kostaniani. The date of its construction has been placed somewhere between the mid-11th century to the mid-13th century. It’s a cross-shaped church featuring three aisles and dedicated to the archangels.

Holy Monastery of Kipinas
Epirus / Ioannina

If there were one church throughout all of Ioannina which should be on every traveller’s itinerary, this would be it. Literally chiselled and built into the surrounding rock, the Holy Monastery of Kipinas is one of Greece’s most beautiful and impressive churches.

Holy Monastery of Vellas
Epirus / Ioannina

This church was first founded during the 11th century, though today’s structure dates back to the 18th century. It has served as both a religious and cultural centre of importance during the last century. A well-known seminary was held here and the monastery is still home to a Higher Ecclesiastical School. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Makralexi Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, this monastery features some impressive wall frescoes and paintings throughout. It was once a complex of buildings, though now only the main temple area exists, dating back to 1585. However, local legends place its original foundation as far back as the 7th century, under the rule of Emperor Constantine the 4th.

Molyvdoskepastos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

The Molyvdoskepastos Monastery lies within mere metres of Greece’s northern border with Albania. It’s one of the oldest churches throughout the region, dating back to the mid-5th century. According to stone inscriptions on the existing building, it was commissioned by the emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos, though there are some doubts to the efficacy of that claim. What is more certain was its impressive renovation that took place during the rule of the Byzantine emperor Andronikos Palaiologos in the 14th century.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to St. Nicolas, this church can be found at the southern edge of town in Metsovo. It’s a large monastery that was considerably wealthy at one time and today still has an impressive amount of land surrounding it which is used for vineyards.

Monastery of Dichouni
Epirus / Ioannina

This unassuming monastery is noteworthy not for any of its physical characteristics or collections, but for one of its monks who attended the monastery during the end of the 16th century.

Monastery of Kokkini Petra
Epirus / Ioannina

Also known as “Kiatra Rossia” in the local Vlach dialect, both names mean “red stone” and its interior filled with beautiful frescoes is certain to impress visitors. While the actual founding date remains unknown, the paintings date back to the mid-18th century.

Monastery of Metamorphosis Sotiros, Romanos
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the oldest churches throughout the Ioannina region is this large monastery outside the village of Romanos, first built in 1113. The church stands on a site where artefacts dating back to prehistoric times have been found, as well as an ancient cemetery. It’s dedicated to the transfiguration of Christ and contains an abbey, monk’s cells and a bell tower reaching three storeys.

Monastery of Panagia Chrysovitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the village of Chrysovitsa, this intriguing monastery has been the focus of an interesting legend. According to tradition, the church had originally been built around a miracle-working icon which was allegedly crafted by Luke, one of Christ’s disciples. The icon has since travelled, supposedly visiting a number of churches and its whereabouts are said to be known by a select few within the monastic republic of Athos in northern Greece. While tales of the icon are still being disputed, the wealth of the monastery is undeniable. The church opened and financed the village school of Chrysovitsa as well as number of public works in the past.

Monastery of Panagia, Sistrouni
Epirus / Ioannina

Dating back to 1156, this church dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary is impressive not only for its age or large stone temple, but of the beautiful area that it’s found in. Along the banks of the mythical Acherontas River and surrounded by large plane trees and colourful flowers, a visit to this church is a must, both for the faithful and for lovers of nature.

Monastery of Prophet Elijah
Epirus / Ioannina

As many churches in Greece named after the prophet Elijah, this monastery is built on the highest point of the region of Zitsa in the northwest part of the prefecture. Aside from the fantastic views, this monastery is also famous for the fact that the famous Philhellene, Lord Byron, stayed here and even wrote a poem about the beauty of the area and the church itself.

Panagia Labovou
Epirus / Ioannina

Also located near the village of Achladea is this small single-spaced church was where a strange ceremony took place involving shepherds bringing their sheep and goats through the church and back out again. Each of the two arched entranceways was designated for humans and animals.

Panagia Monastery, Dramesioi
Epirus / Ioannina

Built during the 17th century, this monastery dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary contains both stone and wooden structures such as a school, a precinct and cells. There is also a wooden temple found within the church that dates back to 1683. The church is located just outside the village of Dramesioi.

Panagia Tosketi Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the largest and most important churches in the area is this monastery built in 1714 in the village of Achladea. It’s dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and hosts a number of events both religious and secular. Large murals painted by some of the best artists from the area of Kastanochoria decorate the interior. Outside, the bell tower and dome complete the church’s aesthetics.

Panagia Vissikou Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This church dates back to 1114, when it was founded by the then Prince Micheal. It underwent a massive renovation in 1787 and was later filled with beautiful paintings and frescoes crafted by iconographers from the famed villages of Kapesovo and Tsepelovo.

Rogovos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This monastery was first commissioned by the sister of the then Byzantine emperor, Romanos III, during the mid 11th century. During the following centuries, the monastery became considerably wealthy and at one point, the residents of Tselepovo (near where the monastery is located) debated whether or not to turn it into a university. Though it never became a centre for higher learning, the monastery still contains an impressive library.

Sosinou Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another church with impressive views is the Sosinou Holy Monastery just outside the village of Ano Parakalamos, which looks over the Kalamos River valley atop Sosinou Hill. The hill is also home to traces of a fortress dating back to the 4th century BC, though little else is known.

Spiliotisa Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Built in 1665 by monks Sophronios and Joakim, this monastery seems to emerge from the steep cliffs that it has virtually been built into. Its unique location along the Voidomatis River as well as the series of trap doors found inside, make it one of the most frequently-visited monasteries in the area.

Voutsas Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another monastery with ties to an emperor is the Voutsas Monastery just west of the village of Doliani. The current building dates back to 1680, though it was first founded in the 7th century by emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos.

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Agion Panton Monastery (near Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This beautiful monastery crowns the top of the island’s mountain range and is made up of a network of churches and chapels. This is where Saint Savvas the younger spent his life.

Cave of the Church of Saint Pandeleimonas (Northwest Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint. Locals believe the water dripping from the stalactites can be used as holy water as it is blessed by the saint. In the 18thC, a monk called Gerasimos Gerasimou ran a secret school during the Ottoman occupation.

Cave of the Monastic Cell of Timios Stavros (Western Kalymnos)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Two local Kalymniotes found a cross in the cave and turned the cave into a place of worship. Their remains are kept there.

Cave of the Virgin of Galatiani (Arginonta)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

A local shepherd found an icon of the Virgin Mary here, and turned the cave into a church. There’s a festival celebrating the Virgin of Galatiani once a year.

Metamorfoseos Cathedral (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Built in 1861, this is the island’s largest cathedral. Explore its interior and admire the beautiful marble altar and the stunning icons painted by a famous local artist in the 19thC.

Monastery of Saint Savva (near Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Visit this famous monastery close to the island’s capital. It stands perched at the top of a hill, its castle-like white-stone walls guarding the locals. Take the time to admire the beautiful murals and icons inside, including the icon of Saint Savva, and then go outside to get one of the best views of the island.

Monastery of Virgin Mary of Kyra Psili (near Vathis)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

Combine a visit to this monastery with a tour of the castle ruins which surround it.

Saint Nicholas’ Church (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This church is a must-see. Built in honor of the island’s patron saint in the 19thC, it houses stunning artwork and icons crafted by local Kalymniote artists between 1800-1900. Architecture buffs will marvel at the church’s stonework walls, while the marble altar and throne inside can’t be missed.

Saint Stephen’s Church (Pothia)
Dodecanese / Kalymnos

This beautiful church was built in the early 1900s using the donations of local divers, sailors and ship-owners. Its most stunning feature – the Russianesque silver dome – can be seen from afar.

Agios Nikolaos and Virgin Mary Monastery, Mesovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Mesovouni in the municipality of Argithea, and at a height of 1050 meters, features the Church of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin Mary dating from the 17th century. Only the altar screen has been saved from the original building as the church was rebuilt in 1904.

Agios Nikolaos in Agios Akakios, Ithomi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The village of Agios Akakios in Ithomi, 10 km from Fanari boasts the church of Agios Nikolaos, with a single chambered basilica from the 14th century. Some original wall paintings have been preserved. Not far is a small cave used as a religious shrine and hermitage of Agios Akakios.

Agios Nikolaos Monastery, Therino
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Therino is a traditional village 10 km northwest of Argithea. At an altitude of 870 metres, it is home to the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos which boasts a carved wooden altar screen with icons that date from around 1850.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Gelanthi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Gelanthi is a village three kilometres from the township centre of Mouzaki. The Chapel of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, built in 1813, possesses a characteristic eight-sided dome and imposing bell-tower that dates from 1889.

Assumption of Holy Virgin, Krania, Petrilo
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The historic village of Petrilo is situated 30 km southwest of Mouzaki at an altitude of 1200 metres. Nearby, the church or the Assumption of the Holy Virgin built in 1884 in Krania has a cross-beamed dome and is worth discovering.

Assumption of the Holy Virgin, Petrohori
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Petrohori is home to the church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, with a vaulted, wooden roof, religious wall paintings dating to the 1730s, and a notable carved wooden altar screen. The cemetery boasts the church of Agia Paraskevi with a stone built basilica, plus alter screen and frescos from the 17th century.

Birth of Christ church, Rossi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The church of the Birth of Christ in the village of Rossi was built in the 17th century (1662), featuring exceptional wall paintings and wooden carved altar screen of Agios Pantelemon with important icons.

Church of Agios Athanassios, Kedros
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Kedros is a village at an altitude of 567 metres as we leave the Plain of Thessaly for the Agrafa Mountains. The Church of Agios Athanassios there dates from 1777 and has been designated as a cultural monument.

Church of Holy Trinity, Dafnospilia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Dafnospilia in the municipality of Kallifoni is 17 kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 570 metres. In the Church of the Holy Trinity there is a wood-carved altar of great historic value. The skull of Saint Gregory of the Akragandinon (Bishop of the Akragandinon of Sicily) is safeguarded in the church.

Church of the Assumption, Vathylakkos
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

There are many churches in Vathylakkos. The Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin within the village was built in 1777. The altar screen of the church has special historical significance as it was brought from Constantinople.

Church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin, Kastania
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The church in the centre of the village is dedicated to the Birth of the Holy Virgin, and the village celebrates its Holy Day on the 8th of September. The church has a woodcarved altar screen of walnut form the 18th century. The skull of Agios Trifonas is safeguarded within this church.

Church of Twelve Apostles, Pirgos Ithomis
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Church of the Twelve Apostles is 700 metres south-east of the village and is the only church of Pirgos Ithomis. Built as a basilica in the 19th century, it boasts a wood-carved altar screen crafted by woodworkers from Metsovo in 1850. The stone-built bell tower was added in 1930. One of its most interesting features are its excellent acoustics due to the incorporation of a system of clay amphorae within the walls when they were built. The Church has been declared a historic monument.

Churches of Agios Giorgos and Agios Nikolaos, Rendina
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Church of Agios Giorgos on the village square of Rendina has a single chamber with wall frescos from 1719 and an exceptional wood-carved altar screen. The Church of Agios Nikolaοs, built in 1719, lies in the centre of the village within a grove of plane trees underneath an imposing rocky promontory.

Churches of Fanari
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

In Fanari, 15 km northwest of Karditsa, is the church of Agios Seraphim, built in 1930. Within its grounds is a small building at the site of his martyrdom and where the saint’s skull is safeguarded. The church of Saint John, built in 1886, features a carved wooden altar screen and a noteworthy bell tower. Also worthy of mention is the Chapel of the Source of Life, built atop an ancient Roman bath.

Churches of Kanalia
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Fourteen kilometres from Karditsa at an altitude of 350 metres, the picturesque village of Kanalia on the foothills of the Agrafa Mountains is home to the Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin with a domed basilica, built in 1894. The Chapel of Profitis Elias built in 1903 is a refuge of calm, situated on the heights above the village. The holy icon of the Holy Virgin of Kanalia church (4th or 5th century) is thought to be the work of the evangelist Luke. It is made of candle-gum and holds powerful religious significance.

Churches of the Ascension and Agios Dimitrios, Rendina
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Church of the Ascension of the Holy Virgin, a very old building, contains an altar screen dated 1659 and sections of the original frescos. Also noteworthy at the entrance to the village is the chapel of Agios Dimitrios, built in 1662.

Konstantinos and Eleni Church, Asimochori
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Asimochori within the municipality of Tamasi and 5km from Leontari is a small village in a beautiful hilly setting. The old church of Konstantinos and Eleni, built in 1887, above the south entrance an inscription in Greek and Armenian with the date the church was founded and the name of the donor.

Korona Monastery
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The notable Monastery of Korona stands near the village of Moschato within the Messenikolas area. The skull of Saint Seraphim was enshrined at this monastery.

Metamorphosis Monastery at Vraggianna
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Vraggiana or Small Vraggiana (to differentiate it from another in a different region) is in the Argithea/Acheloos district. Murals from the 17th century at the churhc of Transfiguration (Metamorphosis) church are worth seeing. Also note the church of Agios Dimitrios built in 1892 by stonemasons from the Tzoumerka area.

Monastery of Agia Triada at Drakotrypa
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Lying in Drakotrypa, Agrafa, this old monastery was built at 800 meters and once boasted a great library with only a few of its books surviving today. Only the church remains intact.

Monastery of Agios Giorgos
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Krioneri is a village sited on the beautiful plateau of Nevropoli next to Lake Plastira. The nearby Monastery of Agios Giorgos in the woods is worth a visit, so is the Palaiohorafa recreation area for a picnic.

Monastery of Agios Giorgos (Karaiskakis)
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Near Mavromati, this female monastery has a cruciform church in the courtyard with a dome and a tiled roof. The icon screen on the inside is gold plated and features religious paintings.

Monastery of Birth of the Virgin, Vlassi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The village of Vlassi (Athamanon Community), 27 kilometers from Mouzaki, is home to the Monastery of the Birth of the Virgin built between1600 and 1620. Note the vaulted ceiling chapel with a large portico on the west. The original carved wood altar remains intact and its earlier murals date from 1644.

Monastery of Holy Trinity of Siaika, Karoplessi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The monastery of the Holy Trinity of Siaika lies in Karoplessi (Itamos region). The original church from 1540 remains, with a cross-beamed roof and with wall paintings from 1641. The skull of Agios Stilianos Paflagonos is kept within the monastery. The icon of the Holy Trinity dates from 1528.

Monastery of Holy Trinity, Filakti
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Filakti lies on the steep hills of the Voutsikaki Mountains in Nevropolis-Agrafon at 1200 metres. The 17th century monastery still has the original church with a portico on its western side and an interior hall. The carved wood altar screen from 1852 and 17th century frescoes are the pride of the village.

Monastery of Holy Trinity, Morfovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Morfovouni, 18 km southwest of Karditsa, boasts the Monastery of the Holy Trinity just 2km southeast of the village. It contains a church of the style of Mount Athos built in 1858 on the site of an older one. It also functioned also as a sanatorium between 1938 and 1943, before being burned by the Italians.

Monastery of Kosti, Stefaniada
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Monastery of Kosti is found near Stefaniada (Municipality of Athamanon), set around Lake Stefaniada. Nearby, Koubourinana also houses the Church of the Holy Virgin (rebuilt on the site of an older church in 1930) and the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior (built between 1600 and 1650) among others.

Monastery of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, Kastania
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Near Kastania within a fir tree forest, on the eastern slopes of the mountain of Pirgoulis at 1000 metres and 3km from Mouha, lies the old monastery of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin. The original church of Agios Trifonas is still standing.

Monastery of the Assumption, Rendina
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The Monastery of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin is 6km east of Rendina in a lovely oak forest. Built in 1579 in the Mount Athos style with a dome, portico and two churches, it has frescos from the 17th century and an altar screen of carved wood, covered by gold leaf.

Monastery of the Birth of Holy Virgin, Sarantaporos
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Sarantaporos, near the village of Neraida in the municipality of Itamos, is home to the legendary monastery of the Birth of the Holy Virgin or Monastery of Spinasas dating from 1608. The only original part of the monastery left is the church with wooden roof and religious murals of 1651 showing its abbot.

Monastery of the Birth of Virgin Mary – Katousi
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

In Metamorfosi (formerly Katousi) this monastery dates from the 16th century but only the church survives, with frescoes dating from 1663. Its icons are in the community’s church museum.

Monastery of the Holy Virgin, Koubouriana
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

The village of Koubouriana within the municipality of Athamanon lies an altitude of 1050 meters. The area’s most notable religious is the 17th century Monastery of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, also known as the Spilias (Cave) lying at an altitude of 800 meters.

Monastery of the Rock of Katafigio (uninhabited), Katafigio
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Katafigio is a village within Itamos township. On the forest road from Katafigi going towards Ayios Athanasios Lampero, is the Monastery of the Rock of Katafigio at an altitude of 600 meters. Uninhabited today, this monastery dates from 1553. It is like those of Mount Athos in type, built as a crossed four-pillared church with a portico on the western side and two interior spaces. The monastery is one of the most important monuments of the area: the altar screen, original wall paintings and the proscenium are preserved.
The monastery was ruined in 1900, but came into use again between 1920 and 1930. Its buildings underwent many changes, the latest being the demolition of the 80 monks’ cells in 1968. According to legend, the original icons of the monastery were found by the rocky promontory next to the monastery, which is where its name came from. These icons are today on display at the cathedral in Karditsa.

Nunnery of Agios Giorgos, Mavromati
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Mavromati, 30 km from Karditsa and deep within the forests and 2km before one arrives at the village, is the remarkable nunnery of Saint George of the Mavromati, built in the Mount Athos style. It was built in about 1550 and its wall paintings date from 1657.

Panagia Pelekiti Monastery
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

Taking its name from the rock that was carved out to host the monastery, Panagia Pelekiti was constructed in 1480 AD. It houses two priceless relics that are placed in the monastery’s two churches, Panagia Faneromeni (Virgin Mary) and Analipsi (Ascension).

Spilias Holy Monastery, Eastern Argithea
Thessaly & Sporades / Karditsa (Lake Plastira)

This monastery in Eastern Argithea commands a stunning location built on a massive rock some 800 meters high. A small church from the 16th century and one built in 1736 are inside. The monastery played a role in the revolution and liberation of Greece.

Agia Kyriaki, near Pigadia
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Not far from Karpathos’ main town, the attractive church of ‘Saint Sunday’ is perched on a rock that offers spectacular views of the nature all around.

Agia Sofia, Arkasa
Dodecanese / Karpathos

This church is considered a special one in Karpathos and was built of the ruins of another church dating from the 6th century that was dedicated to Saint Anastasia. Note its unique building style and architecture.

Agios Konstantinos of Mellaina, Diafani area
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Visit a deserted church that’s three or four centuries old lying on a hilltop in an isolated area. Accessed from a dirt road 1.5 km from Diafani towards Olympos. Needs a strong car or a long hike after some point.

Agios Mamas, Avlones (Menetes-Arkitsa road)
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Built in the 11th century and decorated with impressive frescoes in the 14th century, this historic Byzantine church is one of 14 churches in Karpathos with ancient wall paintings.

Agios Onoufrios Church, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Here’s a tiny stone-built church above Olympos built from the stone of another church from the 19th century that visitors to the traditional town like to visit. It affords a breathtaking view of the village from up high.

Church of Agia Sofia, Saria
Dodecanese / Karpathos

The island of Saria north of Karpathos is uninhabited but is home to a church surrounded by ancient ruins. Archeologists claim that a church from the 5th century AD also existed on this site.

Church of Agios Ioannis, near Vroukounta
Dodecanese / Karpathos

In a cave near the town of Vroukounta lies a church is built on the remains of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite or Artemis. Ask about the celebration that takes place there at the end of August.

Church of Agios Loukas, near Volada
Dodecanese / Karpathos

A very interesting little church lies in the heart of a cave outside Volada. Sadly the church is not in the best of shape, but you can still see some impressive old hagiographies (religious paintings) on the walls.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, Olympos
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Known in Greek as Kimissis tis Theotokou, this is the largest church in Olympos. It is famed for its biblical hagiography and gold-laden elements. An attractive bell towers adds to its charm.

Church of Ypapandi
Dodecanese / Karpathos

White and blue characterize this gorgeous church with a majestic bell tower that is almost more Latin than Greek, complete with six bells. You’ll find it in the village center standing gloriously.

Monastery of Agios Giorgios Vasson, near Aperi
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Discover the largest and oldest monastery on the island, built in 1857. Its cross-shaped architecture is interesting to admire, but so is the gorgeous view to the Mediterranean Sea.

Monastery of Archangel Michael
Dodecanese / Karpathos

Near the village of Volada in the center of the island, this monastery boasts two small churches that are architecturally noteworthy. Many events and religious celebrations are held here.

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Kipouraion Monastery (Havdata village, Paliki, outside Lixouri)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

Founded in 1759 this stunning, one-of-a-kind monastery is famous for its lush gardens, beautiful views of Kefalonia’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.

Paleohersou Monastery (near Deferanata village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

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.

St. Andrea Monastery (Peratata village)
Ionian Islands / Kefalonia

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.