Palaiokastritsa Monastery, Palaiokastritsa

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Address: Palaiokastritsa, Greece

Phone: +30-2662041210

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Palaiokastritsa Monastery, Palaiokastritsa

Built in 1228, the Theotokos Monastery was actually built in the year 1228. It is dedicated to Panagia (the Virgin Mary in local language). Even though it was built in the 13th century, but the buildings built today are from the 18th century. This monastery is the perfect example of classic Greek monastic architecture. It is now home to several monks whom you can easily see and even talk to once you go inside. You will come across a small museum which displays various Byzantine & post-Byzantine icons, sacred books, other religious relics and most importantly a very well preserved mammoth skeleton.

You should also definitely check out the working traditional olive oil press which the monks use quite frequently.

Palaiokastritsa Monastery Information

  • One important point to remember is that this is a working monastery, so there is a strict dress code.
  • Ladies should have their shoulders covered & short shorts are frowned upon inside the buildings. If you visit the Monastery late on in the day.
  • Don't forget your camera as the sunset views over the ocean are amazing!

Palaiokastritsa Monastery Ticket Prices

  • Free entry. Donations are welcome.

How To reach Palaiokastritsa Monastery by Public Transport

  • Drive upto the monastery. Follow the road as far as you can into Palaiokastritsa and you will reach a hill.

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Palaiokastritsa Monastery, Palaiokastritsa Reviews

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  • This little monastery is such a lovely place to go whilst in Corfu. You can either walk or drive up the steep hill to where it is. (I do recommend walking as there isn't much parking) Once up at the top there is an amazing view and a little walk if you want to venture out to the furthest view point. When visiting the monastery women have to be dress respectful and have there shoulders and knees covered. However don't worry if you don't as the do provide homemade elastic skirts and shawls if needed which you can give back at the end. I definitely recommend seeing the chapel! It will take you breath away and the gardens as well! Definitely a trip that needs to be done in Corfu!

  • We drove up & parked. Lovely monastery & museum. Great view's from the gardens. Women have to cover shoulders & knees. Very interesting walking around the building & grounds. Cafe & restaurant also but we never went in.

  • Nice place with a great view. Especially sunsets are stunning. Anyway you can find a lot of trashes in some places.

  • The Monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa is small and beautiful. The church of the monastery is full with painted icons and frescos covering the walls and ceiling. There is a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons, holy books and other relics. Inside the monastery, there is a traditional olive oil press and a shop with traditional products and hand made crafts. The surrounding provides some great sea views. Women should have their shoulders covered and no shorts. If possible, visit as early as possible to avoid the large crowd

  • Although visited by many tourists this place still has a real peace about it. There was restoration work taking place at the time, good to see it being well upkept.

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