If you want to reach a higher level of education in religious studies, then you need to climb up the steep slope that leads to the Monastery of Elonis. Today, this monastery, which is very rich in history, hosts many nuns and it’s visited by numerous pilgrims, every year. Most believers go to the monastery mainly for the miraculous icon, according to tradition, of the Virgin Mary, a work of the Evangelist Lukas. It's a monastery that makes you feel like you're sitting on the top of the world. History: It was founded around the 14th century and it’s built at 650 meters of altitude. It’s a simple building without a dome and its katholikon has been constructed in 1809. It has suffered a lot during the Turkish Occupation, but its valuable icons and ceremonial objects were preserved, as well as a manuscript gospel and the engraved iconostasion made of walnut trees, which depicts scenes of the Old and the New Testaments.
If you want to admire a pure wonder of nature, then you have to check out the church of Agia Theodora. Whether you believe in miracles or not, you are up for a big surprise: 17 trees are springing out of the building’s roof with their roots reaching the ground through its walls. It’s a church that really gives meaning to the phrase "seeing is believing". History: It was built in the 12th century and despite its simplistic architecture, nature has turned it into an awe-inspiring natural gem. According to legend, martyr Theodora had to leave her house and join the army, dressed as a young boy, in order to financially support her family. Her death wish was that her years would become trees and that her blood would turn into water for them to grow.
If you want to discover a monastery that combines the miracle of faith and the marvel of nature, then the Monastery of Malevis is waiting for your visit. It’s located on an enchanting landscape and it’s "popular" for its miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. It’s a painting by Lucas the Evangelist and it supposedly exudes therapeutic myrrh, according to tradition. It’s surrounded by a forest of Syrian juniper, a rare and protected species, which makes you feel like you are in a rather mystical and safe place. History: According to the monastery’s records, it started being built in 717 A.C., but extreme conditions cost the monks their lives and, thus, it was moved to a lower location in 1116. The katholikon of the monastery is considered to be a gem of religious architecture and it’s worth a visit
If you want to feel refreshed in one of the world’s few monasteries that actually have therapeutic waters, then you have to visit the Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi in Ermioni. Every year, thousands of people visit this special place, in order to pray and heal in the yard’s thermal spring that’s available for everybody, but not everyone can say that they have had such an experience. History: It was founded through the 11th and 14th centuries and it’s a monastery that contains exceptional murals. It was probably built over the ruins of an ancient temple of Asclepius and it also assisted in the Greek Revolution, during the Turkish Oppression. The monastery has an intriguing library with 1.500 rare publications that’s worth visiting.
If you want the ultimate educational experience in religious and historical matters, then you should visit the Holy Monastery of the Metamorphosis of Sotiros, also known as the Monastery of Loukous. The monastery contains a rich library, carpet making workshops, and icon painting studios, which are interesting to visit. All of this diversity, along with the natural beauty of the site, will give you an ecstatic experience. History: It was built in 1117 over the ruins of a temple of the 5th century A.C. It’s an original Byzantine church of the complex 4-columned certified cruciform domed type and it had a significant part in the Greek Revolution.