Monastery is situated on the western side of the
Pali Peninsula, on an un-surfaced road. It was built on a steep
overhanging cliff 90 meters above sea
level. On the spot where the bell-tower
now stands, a monk from the Tafil Monastery originally built
a hut and began to cultivate the land, then in 1759, the archbishop
of Paxi, Chrisanthos Petropoulos built the church. In previous
years, several monks lived
in the convent, but unfortunately today only one is left.
It now operates as a manly monastery. It
has an exceptional built church inside which post-Byzantine icons
and valuable monastic heirlooms can be viewed.
The Monastery was demolished in the 1953 earthquakes that rocked
the island and in 1964 only the church was rebuilt. Today the
are being rebuilt and the Monastery is slowly regaining its pre
earthquake appearance, which can be ascertained by viewing the
old photographs that can be seen in the guest's quarters.
After spending some time on Xi
beach, I travelled back up to Lixouri and then across through some very small
villages, Delaportata, and Kaminarata, approaching the Monastery
from the north after a journey of between 15-20km. Walking through
the entrance beneath the old bell tower, it was wonderful just
to wander around with
old well in the stone paved courtyard and to stand under the
view of this truly dramatic coastline.
On my return
journey I continued south and stopped on a high road looking
back at the Monastery. The scenery here
is unique and anyone who fails to visit has truly missed something
really special on this beautiful island of Kefalonia.
. . . The
landscape here can only be described as breathtaking.