The monastery of Agia Moni is located east of Kythera on the hills above Diakofti. On the 23rd of September 1767 a shepherd by the name of Viaros found an icon of the Virgin Mary in a bush which had the inscription “the only of all hopes”, as well as a representation of Agios Georgios. Nikiforos Mormoris, bishop of Kythera, visited the area and decided to build a monastery there.
In 1803, Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the captains of the Greek Revolution of 1821, was in Kythera with the Alvanakis family. In his “Memoirs”, Kolokotronis wrote: “I once went to a celebration of the Agia Moni monastery. It was a large monastery and was destroyed the first time the Turks arrived on the island. It was surrounded by a hedge of dry wood and the church’s roof was made of temporary branches. I promised that if the Virgin Mary helped us free our country from the tyrant I would restore it to its initial state of 1803. She did indeed help us, and in the course of the second year of the revolution I kept my promise and repaired the monastery…”.
In the 19th century the monastery was refurbished and extended. The magnificent church tower made of sandstone (porus) was built in 1848. The church is a basilica with a single nave. Make sure you take the time to look at the spectacular façade. From the monastery’s courtyard you can admire the view of Kythera’s eastern coastline as well as the Peleopoli valley. From the back of the monastery you can see Diakofti and Cape Maleas. Between the 1st and the 15th of August devotees come here and remain in the monastery following the tradition of the “fortnight” (see section on “Panagia Myrtidiotissa”). The celebration of the church of Agia Moni takes place on the 6th of August.
Monastery tel:+30 2736033251