Lefkada Church of Hodegetria

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Location: Apolpena

Surrounded by olive groves, at an altitude of 70m, the historic Church of Panagia Hodegetria in Lefkada is located outside of Apoplena village. It is one of the oldest churches on the island, constructed during the 11th century.
The oldest scriptures referring to this church date to 1025 and are kept in the Vatican Library.

The church is a stone-built single-aisled basilica with a wooden roof.
A mid-15th century invaluable mural depicting the Ascension of Christ that combines Byzantine and Gothic elements has been discovered there, although it was removed and transferred to Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, where it has been kept for the past few decades.

It is a listed monument and entering is not allowed at the moment due to an extensive conservation project that started in March 2021.
However, religious festivities related to Easter or other annual celebrations are occasionally held outside the church.

How to get there

The Church of Panagia Hodegetria is located nearby Apoplena village.

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.

Car rental: There's the option of renting a car in Lefkada and picking it up directly from Aktion Aiport (in Preveza) or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Church of Panagia Hodegetria and many other places of interest in Lefkada at their own pace.



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