Churches in Lefkada
Some of the best attractions in Lefkada are definitely the churches and monasteries that are scattered around the island. Historic structures that draw the attention of the visitors for their beautiful Venetian architecture, impressive frescoes and wooden domes built between 17th and 18th century.
One of the oldest Byzantine monuments of Lefkada is the church of Panagia Hodegetria. It is located close to Apolpena village, just 2 km from Chora and it was founded during the 15th century. Today the church hosts unique frescoes most of which have been transferred to the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
The church of Agios Ioannis Atzoussis is an old church that is literally built into a rock, above the beach of Agios Ioannis, close to the main town.
In the heart of the capital lies the church of Christou Pantocrator. It was built in 1684 by the Venetians following their victory against the Turks.
The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni is well- known as the most significant religious monument located between the capital and the village of Frynio. It lies on a fabulous location full of pine trees with lovely views to Agios Ioannis Frini bay.
Within the monastery's premises is the Ecclesiastical Museum with valuable items and icons.
In the central square is found the 17th-century church of Agios Spyridon that is strongly connected to the Venetian architecture. It is worth-seeing the tiny chapel of Agia Kyriaki, in Vlychos bay, opposite Nydri.
This is the most important monastery and religious center of Lefkada. It is situated in a lush green are about 2 km from Frini village.
Situated 3 km west of Lefkada Town, this is the oldest church on the island. It was built by the Franks on the top of a rock, on the site where an older church used to stand. Apostle Paul once stopped here to preach Christianity to the people of Lefkada.
The old church of Agia Mavra is situated inside the Castle of the same name, which has been renovated. It is made of stone and follows the traditional style.
The church of Panagia Hodegetria is located within walking distance from Apolpena village, just 2 km south of Lefkada Town. The interior of the church had some amazing frescoes, that are today hosted in the Byzantine Museum of Athens.
Agia Kyriaki is a chapel in the peninsula of Geni in Nidri that houses a bell tower, a terrace, and gorgeous surrounding vegetation, while hosting tailor-made weddings, as well as celebrations every 7th of July.
The Hermitage of Agii Pateres near the village of Nikiana is a picturesque settlement featuring an old cave filled with icons and a few modern buildings that are made for religious isolation.
The stone church of Agios Donatos is a small religious building in the village of Eglouvi that has a handful of icons and hosts an annual celebration of local lentils.
Prophet Elias Church is a mesmerizing church atop the hills of Lefkada that has a simple whitewashed design, a few icons, a bell tower, and majestic views over the area of eastern Lefkada!
The Monastery of Archangel Michael is a semi-ruined sight hosting a church building, various building remains, Orthodox icons, and beautiful grass-and-flower-filled surroundings.