The monastery of Agia Elessa - Kythira

agia-elesaThe Monastery of Agia Elessa is located at the top of a mountain near the village of Drimonas in the southwestern part of the island.The view from there is unique, especially at the sunset.The memory of Agia Elessa is celebrated on the 1st of August.

According to the history Agia Elessa arrived in Kythira after her father Elladios from the Peloponnese wanted to marry her to somebody who did not accept the Christian faith.

 

She became a nun but her father chased her in the island and killed her in 375 AD. The later single-nave church dedicated to her memory was built in 1871.

 

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