The Byzantine town of Monemvasia exhibits numerous historic churches and monasteries found at the castle town and the wider region visited by thousands of people every year. The whole area is a sightseeing itself with ancient treasures that no one should miss. Among the well-preserved churches found in the town, Agia Sofia is the only construction in the upper town that remains in superb condition. From there the view is just breathtaking and when the weather is clear you can even see the mountains of Crete. It was built in the 12th century.
The Church of Christ Elkomenos is the cathedral of Monemvasia founded in 13th century by the Emperor Andronicus. It hosts four rare Byzantine icons and two marble thrones. It is strongly influenced from the Venetian architecture and offers a splendid view to the sea. In the middle of the impressive square of Chrysafitissa lies the church of Panagia Chrysafitissa dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was built during the Turkish occupation. Celebrations are held at the church. Churches that combine Venetian and Byzantine elements are Agios Nikolaos, Panagia Myrtidiotissa, Agios Dimitrios and Agios Andreas.
The Byzantine church of Agia Sofia is located on the edge of a cliff and gives a gorgeous view to the sea. It was built in the 12th century by Emperor Andronicus. When Monemvasia was occupied by the Venetians, it became a Catholic cathedral and during the Turkish occupation, when their walls were painted with lime, it was used as a mosque.