The tiny church of Agia (Saint) Mavra in Lefkada, in its current form, is a result of the reconstruction of an older chapel that took place sometime during the late 19th century. It is located in the Agia Mavra Castle which was named after the saint during the 14th century. It is not only dedicated to Agia Mavra but also to Saint Timotheos.
Despite its small size and simple interior, the church holds great cultural importance and has a rich history. During the 15th century, it was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans and it only became a Christian temple again during the years of the Venetian occupation. Then, it was destroyed by the British in 1810 and it was rebuilt again years later, only to become encroached upon by German troops during World War II.
The church's most recent reconstruction allowed it to be open to the public. To spot its precise location, look for the stone-built bell tower located right outside. Upon entering, you will see the icon of Agia Mavra and a minimal altarpiece.
Agia Mavra is the patron saint of the island and the church celebrates on May 3rd.
How to get there
The church of Agia Mavra is located inside the Castle of Agia Mavra, outside Lefkada Town, just 2.8 km away from the central bus station.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Lefkada transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from Aktion Airport (in Preveza) or your hotel. There's also the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 707 8138, 0030 26450 26555, or 0030 699 477 6364. Alternatively, you can book your taxi online.