The Monastery of Pantokrator in Corfu: At an altitude of 917 meters, on the highest mountain of Corfu, stands the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator. The mountain was called Istoni in antiquity but is now called Pantokrator, a name given in honor of the monastery sitting on its top.
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The Holy Monastery of Pantokrator was established in the first half of the 14th century and two versions concerning its construction exist, both based on historical documents.
The first one is a parchment which states that residents from 23 villages of Corfu contributed to the building. They worked willingly and offered land, trees and animals for their own spiritual benefit.
The second document is a notarial deed of 1689, according to which the monastery was built by a man from Sokraki village. He discovered a stone slab where the Transfiguration of Christ was engraved at the area on which the monastery lies and, considering it as Divine Will and Energy, he raised a temple.
The monastery is a unique architectural and artistic monument, an important part of the ecclesiastical and cultural history and heritage of the island.
The oldest and most important of its buildings is its Katholikon (the major church building). It is one of the few places with well-preserved frescoes dating from the 14th to the 18th century.
The iconostasis, built in 1771, has three rows of silver-plated icons. The marble sanctuary is impressive, with large dimensions compared to the rest of the church.
The monastic complex is enclosed by a high wall. Above the main entrance rises the bell tower. The famous ten arches are built in the southern part of the complex.
The Monastery celebrates August 6th, the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. From the 1st to the 6th of August, the area bustles with life, with pilgrims of all ages paying a visit to the holy building.
Drive through olive groves, traditional villages, and green mountainous landscapes on this scenic guided tour of the island. Soak up spectacular views of the Ionian Sea. Visit a monastery and wood-carving workshop.
The Monastery of Pantokrator is located in Strinilas village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Pantokrator and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.