Saints Fanentes Monastery Ruins

Kefalonia, Greece

The Monastery of Saints Fanentes was built on the Kyatis hill of the citadel of Classical Same, inside its fortification walls. A tower of the ancient walls was incorporated in the monastery’s defensive tower. According to tradition, the saints’ relics were found in a cave of the area and were lost in a shipwreck in the sea area of Fiscardo as they were being transported to the West.  According to another version, the name of the monastery is related to the Gnostic philosopher Epiphanes of the 2nd century AD, who according to Clemes the Alexandrean was honoured as god at Same. The monastery was built before 1264, the year of its first recording in the proceedings of Kephallenia’s Latin Diocese. After flourishing in the 17th century as a significant spiritual centre with a hieratic school, it was closed down in 1805.



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Sami, Kefalonia, Greece
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Founded: 1264
Category: Religious sites in Greece


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Carly J (7 months ago)
Loved the vibe of these ruins.
Petra Elbe (2 years ago)
Worth visiting. Impressive ruins of a Byzantine church with a great view
A Tasios (3 years ago)
The 1 star refers exclusively to the condition of the building and the place in general. Which speaks clearly about the general situation in which the country and the island are. All abandoned to lose their value just because those who have taken the positions simply do not have the mind to appreciate them. Walls ready to fall are supported by rotten beams. Mosaics left to their fate, to be taken by each tourist with a mosaic until nothing is left. The infrastructure of the island was a disappointment. Your roads are in a miserable condition, the lights are nowhere to be found, the beaches a year after the disaster are still like a gravel construction site with signs from the tracks. Your monuments abandoned to their fate. Really where the hell is so much money left by tourists? Shame on the local government
PANOS TSILIMIDOS (5 years ago)
Great location a splash in time a splash in medieval and ancient Sami. Our site goes back to 1000 AD. A Byzantine fortified male loneliness. With spectacular views of modern Sami, the road is asphalted, narrow with lots of turns and starts from Sami.
Lorena Lasaponara (5 years ago)
If you want to reach this place by car you don't have to be afraid of narrow streets where just a car passes and turns into nothingness. Very suggestive place, beautiful view.
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