Anafonitria Monastery
Anafonitria Monastery
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David D
Devon, UK25,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Tuesday 20th July and we were driving from Volimes to Porto Vromi and we stopped on the way to visit this old Monestary.

According to the board outside the Monestary it supposedly dates from 1429, mid 15th century. The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

We entered into the courtyard of the Monestary through the arched entrance. The most dominating feature was the old square tower, which still had 2 remaining bells in two of the four spaces at it’s top. It was built for defence purposes.

Sadly when we visited the Monestary's small Church was closed. Were not sure if this was due to a timing issue or COVID restrictions, like so many other places.

We did walk around the courtyard and soaked up the atmosphere of this ancient place.

A bit disappointing that the Monestary was closed but still very interesting.

  
Written July 23, 2021
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Silvio B
Ottenbach, Switzerland69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While on the way from Kiliomeno to the village of Anafonitria we discovered right at the beginning of the village on the right hand side a cute little restaurant called "Aigle". It is run by a young (and attractive) lady who took our order. She told us that everything she will serve is made fresh, even the french fries.
So we ordered 2 Club Sandwiches. She told us that it will take about 30 minutes to prepare. And she was right. We were served about the best and freshest Sandwiches and hand made fries we have had for years. They were just delicious!
On top of this, the restaurant had about the cleanest toilets of the whole of Greece. Thanks for the good food and the friendly service. Keep it up!
Written August 15, 2014
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Gina K
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Whatever your religion,the simplicity of this local monastery will win you through.Connected to the Patron Saint of Zakynthos,it attracts thousands of tourists,visitors and religious groups.This is considered the oldest building after the 1953 earthqaukes that hit the island.A holy place to wander about,relax and take in it's 'peaceful' beauty.This is where St.Dionysios-also known as St.Dennis,forgave the murderer of his brother.Just a few years ago they also discovered wall paintings behind the whitewash so please take care not to take any pictures inside.They are very 'fragile'.You'll also find some of the Saint's clothing and slippers and also a beautiful icon of Virgin Mary of Anafonitria going back to the Fall of Constantinople.It's huge and has a lovely silver frame.The altar is incredibly 'old' dating back centuries.Actually the renovating date was in 1429 and recently it was discovered that it goes back many centuries before....Most of the monastery's cells are closed and the little church has opening and closing hours.It has a beautiful surrounding garden and just before the entrance you'll love taking photos with the donkeys!It's great for the kids!Across the Monastery there's a cafe and a taverna where you can enjoy a braek and local traditional food.There's also a road leading down to porto Vromi where you can take a trip to the Blue Caves of porto Vromi and even the Shipwreck!Ideal stop for a great day out!!!
Written April 10, 2018
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Bas52
Godalming, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
Whilst this I the most important monastery on the island it closes at 1.30pm. You are not allowed to take photographs inside.
Written October 16, 2015
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Alexandra R
Innsbruck, Austria166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The oldest monastery on Zakynthos. You can hear nice stories about it. It was made for honour to Virgin Mary. You will find out more on the place. Rent a car and go by your own in the morning. You can buy in Volimes some nice souvenirs and products from Zakynthos for less money than down in tourist areas.
Written June 10, 2014
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Angela
London, UK1,064 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The monastery is located about 25 kilometres away from Zante Town in a small village of Anafonitria situated near Volimes. The Monastery was built in honour of the Virgin Mary. Thevpatron saint of Zante, Agios Dionysios lived the last years of his life here as a monk. Surrounding the Monastery are traditional tavernas and local people selling their local produce including honey with different flavours and olive oil made by the local villagers.
Written June 8, 2014
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Gina K
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Anafonitria Monastery is a must whoever visits Zakynthos!It is not only connected with St.Dionysios who forgave the murderer of his brother at the Monastery but it's also a historical building-possibly the oldest on the island after the earthquakes of 1953 when 90% of the buildings were destroyed.It's recently been estimated that it goes back to the 10the century!Ideal for exploring,taking photos and visiting this unique little church which has become a high tourist destination!Soon they will also be opening up a museum in the grounds so possinly by next year it will have even more to offer!For those who also want to take a break there are a couple of coffee shops and a taverna there too!Great for a day out!
Written October 8, 2019
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Jaywiseman
Ulster103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
A nice quiet place to visit. The various building are nicely kept with plenty of flowers and shrubs on display. There is no admission charge, but you can leave a donation if you wish.
The site is serviced by restaurants and shops in the car park area, so it would be easy to kill some time here.
For directions it would be best to use a Satnav, although we still had to ask for directions from some local people.
Written September 27, 2017
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barbaraandbrian2017
Northampton, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
I visited here on a Nefis 'Back to the Roots' tour from Tsilivi It was very interesting hearing the history of the place It is very peaceful and pretty and the interior is kept really nicely
Written September 25, 2017
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Nipanddip
Sutton Surrey21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
You must fit this visit in to your Zakynthos holiday and it's free! The beauty and peace inside this courtyard monastery is superb! Decorated with pots of brightly coloured flowers and rambling vines. The small interior of the church is stunning with frescoes and carved wooden frames and benches. But the grounds were my favourite with stone pillared sections surrounded by the arched courtyard with steps up to the bell tower. Small graveyard at the back with walled garden.
The small village outside the monastery has a taverna next door with decorated olive trees with hagstones and gourds hanging from its branches. A small well, double hammock swinging in the shade, stone and rock creations in the garden too.
Very picturesque! ***** 5 star!
Written August 18, 2017
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