Monasteries to Visit in Hydra, Greece
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Hydra, Greece is an island surrounded by crystal clear waters and rich in mansions overlooking the sea, cobblestone alleys, and colorful fishing boats. If you’re interested in exploring the history and religion of the island, you will want to visit the monasteries. Here are some of the monasteries you can see on the beautiful island of Hydra.
Monastery of Prophet Elias
The Monastery of Prophet Elias is located on the slopes of Mt. Eros. Founded in 1813, the monastery is one of the most important religious monuments in Hydra. The Monastery of Prophet Elias is an all male monastery that served as a prison and place of exile for Theodoros Kolokotronis during the Revolution of 1812.
Inside the monastery, you will be able to view a collection of old books. Near the Monastery of Prophet Elias you will find a trail that leads to the highest mountain of Hydra. If you hike this trail, you will be rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view of the island and surrounding areas.
Monastery of Panagia Zourva
Built in the 13th century, the Monastery of Panagia Zouvra is one of the oldest monasteries on the island of Hydra. During the Revolution of 1821, the monastery was a place of shelter for soldiers. The Monastery of Panagia Zouvra is accessible by water taxi from the harbor of Hydra. Once there you can climb the 645 steps or walk up by land. The view once you reach the top will be well worth the slightly strenuous ascent.
Monastery of Agia Efpraxia
Built in 1865, the Monastery of Agia Efpraxia is a female monastery that is located near the Monastery of Prophet Elias. The landscape surrounding the monastery is green with cypress and pine trees. The view from the location also offers wonderful views of the island. The main church of the monastery has simple architecture.
A few nuns live at the monastery today. They take care of the monastery and run an embroidery workshop. You can get to the Monastery of Agia Efpraxia by donkey from Town, which is a fun experience itself. If you prefer to walk, it will only take you 40 minutes from Town to the monastery.
Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Located in Limnioniza, the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos was built during the 17th century. The monastery flourished after the Revolution of 1821, but would be abandoned after World War II. The monastery of Agios Nikolaos was originally a monastery for men, but was transformed into a women’s monastery in 1983 after its restoration and renovation. The monastery has beautiful wall paintings and impressive icons. When you visit the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, you can walk down to Limnioniza Beach. The beach is secluded and features crystal waters that are perfect for swimming.
Monasteries are great places to visit to get a feel for history and religion in one place. They often offer wonderful surroundings and views that make them worth the trip.
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