Vlacherna Monastery

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Vlacherna Monastery
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Nick F
Greece50 contributions
The Blachernae Monastery of Kerkyra is located on a separate small island the size of the monastery itself, which is connected by an isthmus to Corfu. The azure water of the Ionian Sea approaches this monastery from all sides. Visiting the Blachernae Monastery is free, you do not have to pay extra money to enter. I recommend definitely visiting this place!
Written April 21, 2022
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,666 contributions
It's very popular among the tourists as the small monastery has a nice location on a tiny island, but the interior is rather uninspiring. The other thing attracting many people is the possibilty to watch the landing airplanes as the monastery is a stone's throw from the Corfu airport runway. Just check flightradar24 for the incoming planes and wait either close to the monastery or on the narrow platform connecting Vlacherna with Perama.
Written November 7, 2021
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Trombone99
Durham, UK56 contributions
Friends
Beautiful monastery. Take 2a blue bus from V. Dousmani in Corfu Old Town, very inexpensive, and get off at the end of the route. Delightful views from cliff top down to Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island. Ice creams and tavernas and loos. Walk down cliffs (another taverna and loos) to Monastery, and then take a boat trip (€2.50) to Mouse Island, for a wander round and then up to the Chapel at the top. Boats every 15 minutes and come back when you want. Back up the cliff (gentle walk although it looks steep) to the tavernas at the top. Highly recommended!
Written July 15, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK16,627 contributions
Couples
Friday 30th August and we visited this small Monastery which is situated literally at the end of the runway of Corfu Airport. It is just over 4 kilometres from the Town.

It dates back to the 17th or 18th Century and was in use until 1980. It was previously occupied by Nuns, who have left, leaving only one old Nun remaining. It is now only used now for celebrations and as a tourist attraction

We parked up in the car park nearby and we walked along the harbour jetty leading out to Island where the Monastery is located. It sits in Chalkiopoulos (Χαλκιοπουλοσ) Lagoon with Mouse Island, Pontikonisi, in front.

We entered into a small paved courtyard, through a door in the bell tower, passing underneath the two bells, adding to the unique charm of the place.

A whitewashed building with crinkled terracotta tiles. It is a small Church, so limited numbers in at one time as well as social distancing measures.

At the rear of the Church there is a simple altar screen, reredos, with a small plain altar behind it. Placed in the centre of the altar is a tabernacle with  a red dome, a crucifix hangs above it and religious paintings around the walls.

In keeping with the rest of the Church the altar screen is simply decorated with religious paintings. Strips of red ribbon were draped around the Church, must have been a recent celebration here.

Religious painted images and icons were around the walls of the Church.

Directly opposite the door to the Church, there is another door which opens to a small chamber, with just enough space for a tray where visitors can light a candle. Due to the heat from the candles, many were twisted and distorted making odd shapes. Amusingly it had its own extractor fan.

There is a shop there selling icons, religious pictures and souvenirs.
Written September 3, 2021
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Cristina A
London, UK75 contributions
Couples
As an orthodox myself really wanted to visit this small church as it seemed is a popular place in Corfu and it didn’t disappoint me at all. Very easy to reach , you can take a bus from Corfu town ( line no 6 ) , we were lucky as it was only 10 min away from the resort we stayed and it’s also very close to the airport as you can see all the planes landing or departing . It’s situated on a small island and painted all in white , it has a small gift shod inside and also the church it’s open for tourists that want to pray or light a candle . Really enjoyed the time spent there !
Written August 23, 2020
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Demy Delfi
Corfu Town, Greece84 contributions
Friends
One of the best landmarks of Corfu! It definitely worth a visit! During summer you can go to Pontikonisi, or Mouse island with a little boat, in 2-4 minutes for as little as 1,5-2 euros per person. Inside the monastery, there is a little shop selling little souvenirs. One of the best parts is the little ducks and cats hanging around the monastery and eating bread from the guests. I highly recommend a visit there!
Written September 14, 2021
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,261 contributions
The monastery is in a scenic setting at the end of the harbour mole (if you ignore the planes approaching directly overhead to land at Corfu airport!). There’s a small chapel and shop selling the usual “tourist treats”. From nearby you can catch a ferry to Mouse Island for 2.50 euros. The monastery also featured as a small part in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” which starred Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet.
Written May 3, 2022
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia117 contributions
Couples
We walked over the causeway from our accommodation . It’s a an amazing little church with surprising little gift shop . Cats. Duck and ducks that look like turkey vie for space too . It worth 2.5 euros to go across to Mouse island Where there another church and gift shop also serving drinks . Great views of planes landing and taking off too
Written October 24, 2020
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Jessica M
Fondi, Italy137 contributions
The best way to visit this place is going at sunset, is a very relaxing spot, with a spectacular view on the see and is peculiar for being next to the airport. When the planes land it seems they're almost landing on your head! :D besides there are many restaurants and cafes where you can sit to have dinner and enjoy the view. Recommended for an evening out.
Written August 19, 2021
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Zee
London, UK248 contributions
Family
Beautiful monastery with boat tours to mouse island.

We went at the height of the covid pandemic and had an amazing time because there was no crowds in the middle of July.

I doubt you can recreate that serene experience but it was very peaceful.
Written April 28, 2022
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