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Monastery of Panagia Elona

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Monastery of Panagia Elona

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Mike wrote a review Jul 2019
Stockholm, Sweden6 contributions1 helpful vote
Very secluded monastery, with great views. Tranquil place for quiet thoughts. But it has some 100 steps or so to get to. Going to the monastery is downwards. Climbing back to the exit required some effort... Definitely worth the slight effort.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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boojour wrote a review Jul 2017
Athens, Greece195 contributions34 helpful votes
Stunning and wild view of the monastery when you are looking at it as it is right down and inside the rock. From the monastery the view of the mountains around it is breathtaking. There is a parking lot outside.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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TravelTrooperX2 wrote a review Jun 2017
San Mateo, California1044 contributions165 helpful votes
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We went to Elona via the coastal road from Nafplion to Leonidio and then turned inland heading up into the mountains. The road is narrow with some hairpin turns. In the parking lot there were 2 stands selling local products including honey and olives. We were greeted with the sound of a monk singing over the loudspeaker at the main gate. There is a long staircase that descends down to the monastery complex and chapel. When we arrived, we were alone for the first 20 minutes and it was very peaceful and felt like a place for spiritual reflection. Once the 3 bus loads of Greek orthodox pilgrims arrived it became anything but peaceful. The chapel is lovely. It smells like honey from the bees wax candles. No photos allowed in the chapel. The hanging balcony has a magnificent view of the valley.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Giota B wrote a review Apr 2017
7 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a beautiful monastery build right inside the rock. The way towards the monastery through the greenery is breathtaking and there's even a path for mountain climbing or rock climbing. Bear in mind that it is an active monastery so there mind be a christening or wedding.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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gregsf11 wrote a review Oct 2016
San Francisco, California710 contributions560 helpful votes
Honestly, having seen the incomparable monasteries at Meteora a few days before, this didn't have the same "wow" factor. It's still a worthwhile stop if you're traveling this road between say, Nafplio and Monemvasia. It's easy to access (by car), entrance is free, and you get fine views of the mountains. The church is pretty, but again you don't need to see it if you've seen other Orthodox churches. If you have extra time to kill, see the town of Kosmas itself, some 14 km away. There's a picturesque town square, lined with tavernas serving the local speciality, goat stew.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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