Churches in Ithaca

Most of the worth-seeing churches of Ithaca can be seen in the northern part of the island, between the villages Anoghi and Agios Ioannis. One should definitely visit the monastery of Kathariotissa located in a breathtaking spot, at a high altitude between the village of Anogi and Agios Ioannis. It is dedicated to the Virgin, the saint protector of the island and is considered the religious symbol for the locals. The monastery offers a plethora of beautiful frescoes and a great panoramic view to Ithaca harbor.

Moving down to the picturesque village of Perahori you will meet the church of the Dormition of the Virgin with its impressive frescoes and its wood-carved iconostasis. On the mountain slopes of Perahori lies also the monastery of Taxiarches. North-east of the island's capital, in Kioni, is found the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. It was built by the inhabitants after their victory against the pirates attack. The monastery operated until the 19th century. In the village of Exogi you will meet the church of Agia Varvara.

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Monastery of Panagia Kathariotissa

The Monastery of Panagia Katharon is located on the way to Anogi. Panagia Kathariotissa is the patron saint of the island and its name day is celebrated on September 8th. Nobody knows the exact date of its construction but we know that the monastery was restored in 1696. Its main church (katholikon) operates since 1530 and has a beautiful iconostasis. From this monastery, visitors can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Ithaca.
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Church of Savior Christ

The lovely whitewashed church of Savior Christ is located on the tiny islet of Lazaretto, in front of Vathy port. This islet was converted into a prison in 1864 and it demolished by earthquakes in 1953. The only remains on the island are trees and a picturesque church that was built in 1668.

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