Agios Nektarios Monastery
Agios Nektarios Monastery
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  • Timmie B
    Athens, Greece32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important religious monument in Aegina
    A very nice church and monastery both interesting! Saint Nektarios is really important in Aegina island, people come on a day trip just for this on the island! Allow yourself some time to explore and walk a bit from the church to the monastery it’s a lovely easy walk. You can explore saint Nektarios life here, see where he lived and some very interesting images of him. Also dress appropriate, they will provide skirts there too. Sundays are a bit busy so if you have the chance go another day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Natalia D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A TRULY WONDERFUL PLACE!
    This is a famous pilgrimage place, and it certainly does not disappoint. What you get out of your visit is always very personal. For the sake of the review, I would just say that it is easy to get to, even just by regular buses from Aegina Town, is open pretty much all day (not guaranteed at all at other monasteries), is shady and physically comfortable even on very hot days. Do allow yourself time to be quiet there, it really helps.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Niki P
    Nicosia, Cyprus85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit Greek Orthodox Monastery
    This is a spiritual place where soul rest and self searching may be achieved. Pray, enjoy the scenery, relax your mind. As a tourist you may visit for historical and theological reasons. As a Greek Orthodox you may pray to st Nektarios
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Souziq
    Larnaca, Cyprus409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A holy moment in Aegina
    Visiting Agios Nectarios monastery this morning was a must for me.But when the visit took place at the time of the prayer to the Saint that was amazing.The hymns, the melodies the voices of the nuns unbelievable. I concider my self lucky that I was there today. The monastery is located at the top of a hill full of pines.An extraordinary big church dominates the entrance to the monastery.Going up the ramp and stairs is the Holy Trinity Monastery which was founded by Saint Nectarios during his stay in Aegina.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Evans P
    Chambersburg, Pennsylvania118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit on Island of Aegina
    Well worth the visit if you’re in Athens . The church is the largest church of any denomination on the Balkan Peninsula. The iconography is still work in progress. There is a side chapel which houses some of the remains of St Nektarios. It’s a wonderful place for prayer and meditation. It’s only a short 10 taxi ride from the port of Aegina Town.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
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Niki P
Nicosia, Cyprus85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a spiritual place where soul rest and self searching may be achieved. Pray, enjoy the scenery, relax your mind. As a tourist you may visit for historical and theological reasons. As a Greek Orthodox you may pray to st Nektarios
Written July 28, 2023
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Charis Waters
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Mar 2020
The Monastery is absolutely stunning. If you are a woman you will be asked to wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and a knee length skirt which is customary when visiting a monastery, they will provide you with a skirt if you do not have one.

Within the huge monastery lays the remains of Saint Nektarios, one of the most widely known Greek Orthodox Saints. While there you can go to the gift shop and get a bottle of holy water and oil free of charge, just ask the cashier.
Written April 6, 2020
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Timmie B
Athens, Greece32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A very nice church and monastery both interesting! Saint Nektarios is really important in Aegina island, people come on a day trip just for this on the island! Allow yourself some time to explore and walk a bit from the church to the monastery it’s a lovely easy walk. You can explore saint Nektarios life here, see where he lived and some very interesting images of him. Also dress appropriate, they will provide skirts there too. Sundays are a bit busy so if you have the chance go another day.
Written July 9, 2023
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Evans P
Chambersburg, PA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Well worth the visit if you’re in Athens . The church is the largest church of any denomination on the Balkan Peninsula. The iconography is still work in progress. There is a side chapel which houses some of the remains of St Nektarios. It’s a wonderful place for prayer and meditation. It’s only a short 10 taxi ride from the port of Aegina Town.
Written October 3, 2023
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Natalia D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This is a famous pilgrimage place, and it certainly does not disappoint. What you get out of your visit is always very personal. For the sake of the review, I would just say that it is easy to get to, even just by regular buses from Aegina Town, is open pretty much all day (not guaranteed at all at other monasteries), is shady and physically comfortable even on very hot days. Do allow yourself time to be quiet there, it really helps.
Written July 21, 2023
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The biggest monastery of Greece stand proudly in Aegina. It is very nice to visit the monastery for 15 minutes and then go further where you want to go. Inside is beautiful and you have a good view when you go out on another side. In winter it was free to get in.
Written January 31, 2022
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Souziq
Larnaca, Cyprus409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Visiting Agios Nectarios monastery this morning was a must for me.But when the visit took place at the time of the prayer to the Saint that was amazing.The hymns, the melodies the voices of the nuns unbelievable.
I concider my self lucky that I was there today.
The monastery is located at the top of a hill full of pines.An extraordinary big church dominates the entrance to the monastery.Going up the ramp and stairs is the Holy Trinity Monastery which was founded by Saint Nectarios during his stay in Aegina.
Written September 12, 2023
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Patricia H
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lovely church. We went on a Sunday morning & there were services going on in a side chapel, so we got to hear some of the music. Went up the stairs towards the monastery but did not tour monastery itself. Worth a stop but not a detour, unless you're Greek Orthodox.
Written March 19, 2023
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Cynthia A
Denver, CO288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Like many spiritually significant places, experiences can vary dramatically. For some, it's an interesting or not-so-interesting stop on a sight-seeing tour. For others, it's an annual sacred visit or a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to honor Saint Nectarios, the most beloved, 20th century saint of the Orthodox Church, whom this church and monastery are named after.

To get to Aegina Island, take one of the daily ferries from the Greek mainland port of Piraeus. Hydrofoils are fastest, at 40 minutes; while large ferries take over an hour, but are more scenic. Buy your tickets at one of the travel agencies near the port. You can select one mode of transportation there, and, another for the return. (From the airport, a shuttle bus or taxi takes you directly to Pireaus. To use the metro, ride it to the end of the line at Monastiraki, then change to the green line for the port.)

Arriving in Aegina, head towards your left to the public buses. Purchase a roundtrip ticket at the booth for Agios Nectarios. Taxis are quicker, but more expensive. For most, the monastery is too far, too difficult and too long to walk.

Depending on the season, you may have to wait for the bus, but, it's a short ride, dropping you off right outside the gates. There are no entrance fees. No information desk. Simply walk in.

Upon entering the grounds, there are two options. Take the path to the right heading up the hill or to your left towards the large modern church bordered by bougainvillea. If you choose the church, make sure to visit the more intimate side chapel on ground level, depicting scenes from the saint's life.

If you follow the steeper, more winding path on your right, around the bend, at the top of the hill you will discover several small buildings, including a bookstore, the nun's living quarters, as well as, the tiny chapel where St Nectarios' tomb is located.

For those short on time, I recommend spending most of it at the little chapel at the top. Here, pilgrims reverently light candles, then quietly file into the chapel filled with icons, to pray and 'listen' at the marble tomb, where many encounter a profound and unexplained mystery.

For those with more time, visit both the larger church and the upper hill chapel. Wander around. The grounds are quite peaceful. There are also two gift shops on the property displaying various, very reasonably priced icons, books and crosses.

To get back to Aegina town, go to the main road, just outside the gates to the bus stop. You may be able to flag a passing taxi, but, if you have patience, the buses are reliable.

Tip 1: If this is a casual visit, allow an hour. For more serious pilgrims, plan on at least two or three hours. Consider visiting this site alone, as well.

Tip 2: Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress modestly, bring a camera, and water bottle. I do not recall any food sold on premises; however, there are plenty of cafes in town to choose from either before or after your visit to the monastery.

Tip 3: To gain a more in-depth understanding of why this is such an important place of pilgrimage, "St. Nectarios, The Saint of Our Century," is an excellent resource biography written about his life and miracles.
Written October 14, 2014
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Ellen C
Sydney22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014
A short 40 minute boat ride from Piraeus will take you to the island of Aegina. The waterfront has an abundance of restaurants and cafes serving beautifully cooked local produce. Aegina is known for its pistachio trees and one can buy homemade pistachio jams, nougat, flavoured honeys and of course fresh and salted pistachio nuts. The small jars are allowed through customs so be wary of what size you purchase.
Aegina is known for its ancient ruins situated near the port, however most travellers head towards St Nektarios monastery an hour by bus but a short 15 minute ride by taxi. Aegina is one of the drier Islands with little rainfall so we were surprised at the lush greenery. We asked the taxi driver how it was possible and he answered that St Nektarios was responsible. On arriving at the Monastery we were immediately aware of the serenity of the place even though there were quite a few people visiting that day. The Saint is intered in a simple chapel and the simple beauty of his tomb took our breath away.He is known as the Saint of our Century as he only died in 1920 and is known for his piety and miracles. We paid homage then made our way down bougainvillea clad stairs to the new church being built in his honour. The church is reputed to be one of the biggest in Greece and is truly majestic. After a leisurely tour we made our way back to the port to await our boat back to Athens imbibing ice cold beer and nibbling mezzethes as we waited.
Written December 18, 2014
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