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The monastery of Thetokos Palekastriotissa(Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa) was the our main motive to come to Paleokastritsa. Apart from the great scenery where it is located (on a rocky promontory with amazing view as it stands up at 450 metres), the monastery is really worth a visit.
Before entering the church have in mind that the dress policy of the greek orthodox monastery don?t allow entry to those who don?t have shoulders/knees covered so don?t come with your shorts after the beach :)
The monastery was founded back in 1225 (!) but the building we see today is from the 18th century. We strolled around the inner yard where a dozen of lazy cats live and play/hide, the yard is full of flowers, an archway (pic 4) that leads to the small museum (with byzantine paintings and books) and several small buildings that house the monks or items like oil etc. There is also an old well (pic 3) that we rested for a while as the nice church (pic 2) was close at first.
There was nobody around and we had to wait for about 30? till the church opened but I was tempted to call the priest by hitting the typical (in monasteries) wooden bell (pic 5). The church was built in 1722.
There is also a small museum inside with church items but also the bones of a whale(!!) and a store where you can by local crafts (olive oil is produced by the monks).
Address: Paleokastritsa, Corfu
Directions: It?s about 22km north west of Corfu town
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