Panagia Kakaviotissa

Lemnos, Greece

The church of Panagia Kakaviotissa has been named one of Greece’s most unique and beautiful churches. It is located close to the village of Thanos, 4 km southeast of Myrina. The chapel is located inside a rock cavity on the top of Kakavos Mountain at an altitude of 260 meters. It was founded in 1416 by some monks who managed to escape the Turkish invasion in Agios Efstratios island. The church used to be a shelter for monks and hermits.

The hidden gem has a striking location from where it offers an impressive view to the sea and the mountainside of Lemnos. The best time to visit would be in the evening when the chapel is flooded by natural light. The chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa celebrates on Tuesday after Easter. It requires a 20-minute walking through a dirt road from the end of the asphalt road, which is why this chapel is a frequent hiking destination on the island.



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Thanos, Lemnos, Greece
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Founded: 1416
Category: Religious sites in Greece


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lefteris holidis (9 months ago)
One of the most beautiful holy monuments in the Aegean islands. Difficult to reach cause you have to walk a lot but when you complete the pathway you will be far more satisfied. The area is a nature's miracle. One of the most extraordinary places i ever seen in my life. Better to visit early morning in summer or noon in Spring Wish you have amazing vacations
Athanasia Nikolaoy (11 months ago)
Amazing view church is build into an impressive natural clif-side on a hill , offering breathtaking panoramic views of the endless blue Aegean sea.
Urszula Krausiewicz (2 years ago)
The only church in the world without a roof. This is a must see. I recommend.
Sanela Hudoklin (2 years ago)
It can be very hot, take a ha and water with you
Νικος Σιωκης (2 years ago)
The view and scenery on the way there is just wonderful! The church itself is pretty unique and interesting.
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