Kipoureon Monastery

Kefalonia, Greece

The Monastery of Kipoureon was founded in the 17th century by the Archbishop of Paxi Chrysanthos Petropoulos. Its name literally means monastery of the gardens due to the many gardens that the monks once cultivated to make their living. Today only one monk lives in the Monastery of Kipoureon, who welcomes visitors every day. Dedicated to the Holy Cross and the Annunciation of the Virgin, the monastery celebrates on March 25th and September 14th. Inside there is a wonderful collection of ecclesiastical relics and post-Byzantine icons.

The location of this monastery is amazing, as it has been constructed on top of a rock, 90 meters above the sea. The view to the Ionian Sea and the wild coastline is magnificent, which makes it a sight worth visiting if you are in the area. 

The natural surrounding of the monastery is lush green and comprises of pine trees and fir trees. From the yard, visitors can enjoy a wonderful sunset to the Ionian Sea.



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Kefalonia, Greece
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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D.N. S (10 months ago)
Breathtaking views of Western Kefalonia . A very special place and the most beautiful sunset
JAR (16 months ago)
Incredibly wonderful and peaceful location!
Nicolehrm (18 months ago)
The Monastery wasn’t open when I arrived. From the outside I couldn’t get an idea how it will be inside. The road to the monastery is beautiful.
jay playz (18 months ago)
Very disappointed. Long scenes drive up in holls and Monestrry was closed. Looked beautiful from outside though
Steve Hill (19 months ago)
A wonderful place to visit even on a slightly grey Kefalonian day.
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