Paleokastritsa Monastery

Location: Paleokastritsa   

The Monastery of Paleokastritsa in Corfu: On a green hill above the beach of Paleokastritsa, on the northwestern side of Corfu, there is a large Monastery complex dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Paleokastritsa. This monastery dominates the whole region. Built on top of a remote hill, it gives a gorgeous view of the island and the sea.

This Byzantine Monastery dates back to 1228, however the current complex, the cells of the monks and the yard date from the 18th century. The monastery has a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books, and other relics. Inside the monastery, there works a traditional olive oil press. The road to the monastery passes through a forest of olive trees and cypresses.

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vasia wrote on Sep 21, 2013

Didn't like at all this monastery! More like a tourist spot, than a holy place. The monks are clearly taking advantage of the beach popularity to sell icons, holy brachelets or candles. Also I found it very hippocritical that they make you cover your shoulders with a piece of cloth when you enter the monastery (like if it is a sin to have your arms uncovered) when the monks were speaking loudly and laughing in the middle of the church.

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