It is the largest monastery in Kythera! Located in the area of Mirtidia in the west of the island, it is built on a natural rocky opening among many myrtles! The icon of Panaghia Mirtidiotissa is the island’s most precious relic and the patron of all Kytherians.

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The memory of Agia Elessa is celebrated on the 1st of August. The view from the monastery is fantastic, especially at sunset, as it is built on one of the highest points in the south of the island. From the mountain of Agia Elessa one can see Melidoni beach and almost the entire island.

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The Monastery of Osios (Holy) Theodoros lies within a verdant area between the villages of Logothetianika, Aroniadika and Pitsinades. It is the place where Osios Theodoros, the island’s patron saint, lived as a monk in the10th century AD. Osios Theodoros was from Koroni and came from Monemvasia to the island to live ascetically.

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Hidden behind the main street of Livadi, lies the church of Agios Andreas. The church –which has undergone extensive maintenance- has a first layer of Byzantine frescoes dating back to the 10th -11th century, a second layer from the 13th century and a third post-Byzantine layer from the16th century.

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Turning left at the entrance of Kapsali village, above the picturesque port at an altitude of about 100m, you’ll find the small chapel of Agios Ioannis on-the-rock. The stone stairs lead to the church entrance, where you’ll see the inscription of the monk Ioannikios, who restored the shrine in 1725.The church is built inside a small cave where, according to tradition, Evangelist John came after he left  Rome.

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This particular church consists of a cluster of four temples, a unique form of complex (only in Naxos is there a similar case) that makes it one of the island’s major attractions. The orientation is correct only for the southern and the northeast churches, while the two others are facing north.

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Down the road from Milopotamos to Kalami beach lies the church of Panaghia Orfani, yet another church built mostly inside a cave. The landscape surrounding it is lush, with running waters from the stream starting at the waterfall and reaching Kalami. The cave locating the church is 8m long and 7m wide.

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The monastery of Agia Moni is built on one of the highest mountains of Kythera and overlooks not only the coast of the Peloponnese but also the whole island. During the period of Dekapentismos the monastery cells are open to reside and there are many visitors coming to Kythera at the time. The Monastery celebrates on the 6th of August, the day of the Savior.

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A tiny chapel in Zaglanikianika, just a few meters from the main road towards Potamos. It is a Kytherian style single-room with barrel-vaulted dome and Byzantine frescoes from the 11th and 13th century.

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This Byzantine church from the 10th -12th century, built in the district of Araioi, near Milopotamos, is a little marvel of architecture: cross-registered with polygonal dome and no narthex.

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