Monastery of Agios Gerasimos

Kefalonia, Greece

Saint Gerasimos monastery, named after the wonder-maker and protector of Kefalonia, is the most well-known monastery on the island. Gerasimos of Kefalonia was born in 1506 and comes from an aristocratic Byzantine family. He is known for very specific ascetic life, but also by the fact that he foretold his own death. He became a monk on Mount Athos and was appointed priest in Jerusalem, where he served for 12 years in the Church of the Resurrection of Christ. He abandoned Jerusalem continue to lead as a anchorite on the island of Crete and Zakynthos.

At 49, he arrives at Kefalonia and his life continues in the same style, this time in a cave near Argostoli, and then moves to the mountainous region of Valsamati, where he founded the monastery in 1559. He died 20 years later.

Gerasimos is known as the healer of people possessed by demons. In the church within the monastery lay his undamaged Holy Relics. Days of this saint is celebrated on August 15 and October 20, when a large number of pilgrims visit the monastery. During these days, the monastery also provides special halls, where for 40 days they can fast and pray in order to free themselves from the demon.

The monastery is about 13km from Argostoli and Sami. The road is not complicated. Considering that Kefalonia is a mountainous island, and you have to reach the monastery using curvy and narrow road.



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Kefalonia, Greece
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Nikola Popovski (6 months ago)
A beautiful monastery, worth a day trip regardless of where you stay in Kefalonia. Very spacious and calm place, even with tourists around. The walk in the yard gives sense of peace, and plenty of spots to just sit, relax, and reflect.
gaetano doci (7 months ago)
Must visit. Today was the day of the saint, an experience who will always be in my mind. The church was full of people and also many outside waiting for the Holy body of the Saint to get out for the ceremony. You also can find the place where the saint has prayed under the ground, not so much air, and the stairs are difficult to climb for the people who are not in good physical condition. If you visit the island should visit this place.
Yanick Chenier (7 months ago)
Just going into the cave was an experience. The history of the place and why they built the Monastery is amazing. Everybody should read up before going to better understand all the meaning surrounding us.
Vera (9 months ago)
The monestary itself was really pretty. We went (coincidentally) in the middle of the event. While neither of us is religious, we can definitely respect and appreciate beautiful cultural experiences such as these. The building itself was really pretty, especially the paintings. Important to note, women with legs showing (I had shorts on) have to cover up by wearing a skirt (you can borrow one there). For men, this isn't an issue. If you like either religious events, you should go at the right time. For everyone who gets a bit overstimulated with lots of people there (and aren't coming for the priest), I'd recommend going later in the afternoon, when the building is almost empty.
Emily Robinson (2 years ago)
Worthy of a day trip and lovely place for a visit. They are quite orthodox which is unconventional but the worship hall is magnificent and enjoyable. Make sure you wear full covered clothes or they do have a robe available for you to cover just in case.
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