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Monasteries

Monasteries

Monasteries

Leonidio was named after Agios Leonidas’ old church (which was certified as a Christian church by Andronikos B’ Palaiologos in 1293). Agie-Lidi = Leonidi. It has got six churches and ten chapels and it is worthwhile visiting the monasteries of Agios Nicolaos in Karya, Elona and Agios Nicolaos Sintzas.

H.M.Elona


 
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Elona is one of the most beautiful and known monasteries in Arcadia. It is 14km away from Leonido, in the gorge Dafnonas on the road which leads to Kosmas. Built on a vertical and imposing rock, inspires awe since it gives the impression of hanging in the air.

H.M.Agios Nicolaos Sintzas


 
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According to the documents, the church was built in 1622. Its body is cross-shaped and it has got interesting icons painted in 1650, carved iconostasis and white cells. The icon that depicts Saint’s Assumption is extremely rare. Around the monastery, on the vertical rocks, there are hermitages. The view is spectacular.

H.M.Agios Nicolaos Karyas


 
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This monastery is built in a deserted mountainous area of Tsakonia, at an altitude of 600m, one hour away from the historical castle “Orionta”. It inspires devoutness and according to the tradition it was constructed by monks from Mount Athos, who came here to save themselves from the pirates. But there is another version for its history, a Turkish document refers that the monastery was built in 1620 or 1621.

 

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