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 Travel Tips
- 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!
Entrance Ticket Details For Palaiokastritsa Monastery
- Free entry. Donations are welcome.
How to Reach Palaiokastritsa Monastery
- Drive upto the monastery. Follow the road as far as you can into Palaiokastritsa and you will reach a hill.
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95% of people who visit Palaiokastritsa include Palaiokastritsa Monastery in their plan
4 PM - 5 PM
49.08% of people start their Palaiokastritsa Monastery visit around 4 PM - 5 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Palaiokastritsa Monastery
94.32% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Palaiokastritsa Monastery