Aegina Agios Nektarios Monastery

Location: Kontos

The Monastery of Agios (Saint) Nektarios is the most important religious monument of Aegina, located 6 km from the center of Aegina Town. The monastery was founded by the Bishop of Pentapolis Nektarios around the period of 1904-1910, after the request of several nuns. Bishop Nektarios settled down in Aegina in 1908, yet the monastery operated again in 1904 under his guidance while he remained in Rizarios School. He lived in the monastery for 13 years and he was buried under a plane tree outside the church of the monastery.

Inside the monastery, two chapels host the tomb and holy relics of Agios Nektarios. The cell which was his home is found behind the two chapels and it is open to the public. Today 14 nuns live in the Monastery of Agios Nektarios. Close to the Monastery, there is an imposing church, dedicated to the Saint. The church has two high bell towers and four series of windows, all covered with red bows. Following the steps up, you reach the church of the Holy Trinity.

Agios Nektarios was a popular priest and educator at the beginning of the 20th century. He is also known for his innumerable miracles and his healing abilities when he cured a possessed man. Another significant event that convinced the locals of his sainthood was when they asked him to pray for rain after a prolonged drought on the island. Those two events were perceived as signs from God. After a severe illness, he died in 1920.

Today, this monastery is one of the most visited sites in Aegina. The saint's memory is celebrated on November 9th with local festivities.

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1 Reviews
  • Matina 21 Oct 2023
    Beautiful monastery

    Beautiful monastery and so grateful to St Nectarios and all the devoted nuns for sharing his life with us. Special thank you to the beautiful nun who prayed for my children - her and the Saint’s prayers have given all our family such great joy! Glory be to God