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Paleokastritsa Monastery

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Paleokastritsa Monastery

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Lordshillroadrunner wrote a review Sep 22
Southampton, United Kingdom16 contributions
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The monastery lies at the top of a very large hill. Takes around 15 minutes to walk up there and the views are well worth it with lots of vantage points on the way. Had a good old chat with the man selling paintings outside of the monastery about a stray puppy (puppy was found a home during my stay), and then went inside to be greeted very warmly by one of the monks. My attire was suitable so no need for extra scarves or layers to be borrowed. Of course the paintings, mosaics and ornamental trappings of the place were superb but I loved looking at the plant specimens even more. The gardens are beautiful. Went inside the church and museum. A strange exhibit is a huge glass case containing the skeleton of something with very big bones. Afterwards I read online that this was the remains of a sea creature? The place is so calm, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. Not so many visitors so plenty of time and space to have a good look around.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Sarah b wrote a review Sep 9
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom1,264 contributions208 helpful votes
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Currently free parking at the Aquarium just at the bottom of the hill with a variety of tavernas and cafes. Beautiful cove for swimming, or just enjoying the view and taking photographs. It's a 20 minute walk up to the monastery from here, and although it is possible to drive up further, it's a very narrow road controlled by traffic lights, so unless you have mobility problems I would suggest taking on the walk and enjoy the view as you go! The monastery is lovely, we sat for a few minutes of quiet reflection and took the opportunity to light a candle, (donation invited). There is also a small museum which was fascinating, great collection if liturgical vestments, religious artworks and prayer books, some from the 15th century. Amazing collection with I imagine lots of stories to tell. Well worth a visit. There is also a lovely gift shop selling honey, and religious memorabilia as well as Corfu guide books in English and most other common languages.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Simon M wrote a review Sep 5
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Drove from the East to the West to see the monastery... lovely drive and then a short ‘self tour’ round the monastery. Free to enter. Great views and an interesting visit to small church and museum and gift shop. Nicely shaded too.. You need to be dressed appropriately.. my wife was provided a temporary skirt as her shorts were just above the knee. Nice beach nearby to wander around and have a beer. The half day trip was a great break from just sun bathing and swimming...
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Berkshire Travels wrote a review Sep 4
Reading, United Kingdom59 contributions43 helpful votes
Really pretty views and some interesting things about the Monastery. We drove up but you can walk it fine
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Katka S wrote a review Sep 2
Slany, Czech Republic36 contributions34 helpful votes
Very nice monastery on a top of the hill. Nice view from the top. It was possible to park at the top just next to the monastery when we visited but we were there during covid. It is not to far from the top parking lot either. Trip for about 15 minutes when at the top.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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