All 11 Kalavryta Sightseeing

Here are all the Kalavryta sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Kalavryta, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.

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All sightseeing in Kalavryta

The medieval castle of Kalavryta is called Kastro of Orias by the locals, which means the Castle of the Beautiful Lady. It is placed upon a rocky mountain, at an altitude of 1100m.

Vouraikos River flows between the east side of Mount Erimanthos and the west side of Mount Helmos. This 40-km-long river creates a deep gorge.

Holocaust Museum
Location: Town
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The Holocaust Museum of Kalavryta is housed in the old Primary School, in the central square. It is dedicated to the Holocaust of the town by the Nazi troops.

Location: Lapanagi

At a distance of about 30 km from Kalavryta, the Monastery of Panagia Makelaria was built in the 6th century by the Byzantine general Velissarius Justinian. The Monastery is constructed on top of a hill and it is surrounded by wild landscape.

The impressive Palace of Paleologina was believed to have been constructed by Thomas Paleologos after the destruction of the massive Frankish fortress of Geoffrey de Tournay.

Location: Zachlorou
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The Holy Monastery of Mega Spileo is the oldest Greek Orthodox monastery. It was constructed around 326 A.D on the side of a steep hill, which is about 120 meters high. Its cells are built around the entrance of the cave. An icon of Virgin Mary was found deep inside the cave by a shepherd girl. Believed to be made by Apostle Luke, the icon has miraculously managed to survive four fires.

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Located on a hill above Kalavryta, this monument was established to honour people who died on December 13th, 1943, when the Nazi troops destroyed the town.

Location: Town
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At a distance of 3 km from Kalavryta, the Monastery of Agia Lavra has historical importance for Greece, as this is where the Greek Revolution was first declared in March 25th, 1821. The monastery hosts small chapels and a lovely ecclesiastical museum.

Travel with the Cog Train
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The Cog Train of Kalavryta covers a distance of about 22km between Kalavryta and Diakofto in an hour. It is said that this is one of the most beautiful trips in the world as the train passes through some rare natural sceneries.

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Located 20 km from Kalavryta, near Kastria, this is actually a cave crossed by a long, underwater river which forms a lot of small lakes through its passage. The stalactites and stalagmites create nice formations.

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At a distance of 16 km from Kalavryta, the Ski Centre of Helmos gets very popular in winter. It was built in 1988 by the local authorities and since then Kalavryta has developed as a winter destination.

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