Monasteries and Churches

Kythira Island is a religious island with very historical monasteries and churches. Know more about.

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Manitochori

It is an old abbey, founded in the middle of the 15th century. Maria Venieri, member of the Venetian noble Venieri family, fell in love...

Myrtidia

The chapel of Agios Nikolaos Krasas is located on in the southwest of the Church of Myrtidiotissa in Mavros Vrachos, close to the rocky shore....

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Myrtidia

The sanctuary of Panagia Myrtidiotissa harbors the greatest relic of Kythira. The miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was found here. The icon was called...

Livadi

The small church of Agia Elesa is located on the steep cliffs, above the village of Livadi, at 433 meters. Saint Elesa’s martyrdom happened in...

Diakofti

The church Agia Moni is located on the east side of Kythira, on the mountain range above Diakofti. In September 23rd, 1767 a shepherd named...

Pitsinades

Agios Theodoros is the protector of Kythera. He was born in Koroni (southern Peloponnese) around the end of the 9th century. He grew up in...

Avlemonas

Vouno is located above the bay of Agios Nikolaos and the settlement of Avlemonas and has been historically a place of worship. There are two...

Livadi

One of the most important Byzantine churches in Kythira as well as in the whole of Greece. It is in the center of the village...

Pourko

The church is on the Pourko settlement, between the village of Livadi and the Church of Agia Elesa. It is a complex of four temples,...

Araioi

The church is located in the village of Araioi. It is a cruciform church, with no narthex. It has a threefold sanctum with half-cylindrical arches....

Potamos

It is the best preserved church in the Byzantine capital of the island, the town of Saint Demetrios, nowadays called the castle-town of Paliochora. It...

Drymonas

The abbey of Agioi Anargyroi (better known as Agios Kosmas) is in Xeroulaki, south of the village of Drymonas and east of an older abbey....

Mylopotamos

The church of Panagia Orfani is made of a temple inside a cave with an area of 40 square meters and five cells. The church...

Palaiopoli

This is a very small church with a single space and a tiled roof. An arch from a paleo-Christian basilica destroyed long ago is still...

Kythera (Chora)

The Cathedral Church of Estavromenos was built in 1660 by Filotheos Darmaros the bishop of Kythira. According to written testimonies, there was a church in...

Potamos

A Byzantine church close to the village of Potamos. It is of single-space type, with a Kythira-style dome (found only in Kythira). The semi-spherical dome...

Temples and Monasteries

There are almost three hundred Byzantine, post-Byzantine and newer churches on the island. Here are the most important. If you would like to visit Byzantine churches and post-Byzantine churches, contact the Byzantine Museum or the Archaeological Museum and ask them to for information. It is also worthwhile to trust a guide with relevant knowledge.

The most important pilgrimage of the island is that of Panagia Myrtidiotissa. The icon of Panagia is the most precious religious heirloom of Kythira. Other pilgrimages are Agia Moni, Agios Ioannis in Kremnos, Agios Elessas and Monastery of Saint Theodorou.

The most important Byzantine temples are Agios Georgios in the Mountain, above Avlemonas, Agios Andreas Church in Livadi, Agios Dimitrios in Purko, Agios Petros in Araios, Agios Nikon in Potamos, Agios Vlassis near the airport and the Agia Varvara in Paleochora.

Several important Byzantine churches are still located in the small ruined castle town of Paliohora (Agios Dimitrios), at the fortress of Kato Chora Mylopotamos, in the wider area of ​​the settlement of Mitata and at the castle of Chora Kythira.

In many of the Byzantine churches, hagiographies of exceptional style are preserved. In Agios Giorgis there is a mosaic with various decorative themes, hunting scenes and Hellenistic meanders. Based on the mosaic we can date the temple to around the 7th century AD.

Despite the Venetian occupation of Kythira for six centuries, Catholicism was not imposed on the inhabitants of the island. The Orthodox Christian faith was preserved and the only Catholic church was that of the Virgin of the Latins in the castle of Chora, which after the end of Venetian domination turned into an Orthodox church dedicated to Panagia Myrtidiotissa.

The younger temples of Kythera have more folklore interest, are used for the ecclesiastics of the inhabitants and are managed by the Holy Metropolis of Kythira and Antikythera.

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