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The Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti


The Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti, a dashing post-Byzantine monument is built on a steep and high cliff (1400m.) of Pindos, one kilometer northwest of the village Karitsa. Tradition says that it is called "Pelekiti" because the construction of the monastery on the almost vertical rock firstly required the chiseling of the rock with wooden tools, an action indicated by Holy Mary, who appeared to the dream of the craftsmen saying: "You will chisel the rock with the cutter and you will build a church that you will name Panagia Pelekiti".

The founding of the monastery probably began in the late 15th century by the Spiritual Porphyrios and was completed in 1529 when it took its present form from the New Osiomartyr Damian, who remained known in history as "owner", from two mural paintings. Consisting of two churches and many other buildings it resembles a true fortress. Entering today in the monastery one will see the secret crypts and hatches that exist, which means that during the Ottoman period in Greece, it constituted a meeting point for rebels of that time.

The Holy Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti is considered to be one of the rarest religious monuments of the 16th century. Here, you can admire many important artifacts such as holy gospels, manuscripts, objects relevant to the church and many more. Do not omit to observe the magnificent wood-carved inner-sanctuary and the mural paintings that decorate the temple. The monastery celebrates the memory of Holy Mary, every year at 15 of August.

Telephone: +3024410 94747.

Latitude: 39° 15' 36.0786"
Longitude: 21° 41' 18.3294"

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