Kefalonia Agios Gerasimos Monastery

Location: Valsamata

Saint Gerasimos, born in 1503 in Trikala (Thessaly), is the patron saint of Kefalonia. He was ordained as a monk at Mount Athos, then went to Jerusalem, where he lived for 12 years, passed from Crete and Zakynthos to finally arrive in Kefalonia, where he died on August 15th, 1579. He was declared a saint in 1622.

For the first five years in Kefalonia, Saint Gerasimos lived in a cave in Lassi. The cave, which has natural daylight and a sea view, can be visited today. In 1560, the Saint founded a nunnery in the valley of Omala in central Kefalonia and called it the New Jerusalem. The monastery is situated under the imposing Mount Ainos and near the villages of Fragata and Valsamata. Today the monastery has been reconstructed. It is an impressive building accompanied by a newly built church.

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The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos in Kefalonia is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage places of the island, receiving a great number of visitors yearly. The Saint had also planted three plane trees, which are still preserved at the monastery, as are three wells that he is said to have dug with his hands. Visitors can also see his hermitage, accessible from inside the church. It consists of two underground rooms that can be reached by a narrow path and a staircase.

On August 16th, there is a grand litany for the commemoration of the Saint's death, during which his sarcophagus is paraded and laid under the plane tree. He is also celebrated on October 20.

Saint Gerasimos was known for his miraculous abilities to cure people with mental illnesses. His miracles became widely known across the country, leading to the removal of his relics, which were found completely intact. Today, his relics are saved in a double glass reliquary placed above the saint's tomb.

How to get there

The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos is located in Valsamata village.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Kefalonia 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 694 511 8866, 0030 694 530 6145, 0030 699 561 9605, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: There's the option of renting a car in Kefalonia and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos and many other places of interest in Kefalonia at their own pace.



1 Reviews
  • Lea 24 Oct 2020
    Mirical saint
    I pray to him and always recieve a great mirical blessing from his divine hands.