Kalavrita Travel Guide

  • driving along the Kalavryta gorge
    driving along the Kalavryta gorge
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  • beautiful Kalavrita gorge from the road
    beautiful Kalavrita gorge from the road
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Kalavrita Things to Do

  • Mega Spileo

    The monastery of Mega Spileo (Large Cave) is the oldest monastery in Greece. It was founded in 362 and built over a large cave at the base of a huge cliff, hence the name Mega Spileo, at an altitude of 1km. It has been destroyed several times over the years due to war and fire. The last time was 1934, when a gunpowder magazine left over from the...

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  • Agia Lavra

    Agia Lavra is a very important site in Greek history. It is a monastery near Kalavrita that was founded in 961. It was built at an altitude of 961m and once housed 961 monks. It holds the skull of Agios Alexios and an impressive collection of treasures. The monastery has been burned down 3 times. Twice by the Turks in 1585 and 1827, and again by...

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  • Mega Spileo - Reenactment

    A reenactment of the discovery of the icon of the Panagia is displayed in the cave at Mega Spileo. You can see Ag. Efrosini kneeling to the right looking up at an icon, and Ss. Theodore and Simeon holding the icon on the left.

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  • Mega Spileo - The cave

    Inside the dark cave at Mega Spileo, notice there are very healthy plants growing without natural light.

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  • Mega Spileo - Icon of the Panagia

    The icon of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) can be found inside the church at Mega Spileo. It was made by St. Luke of wax and mastic, and miraculously has survived fires!The Holy Apostle St. Luke was born in Antioch, was of Greek descent, and was a physician. He was the first iconographer in the Christian church, settled in Greece later in his life, and...

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  • Mega Spileo - Founding of the monastery

    The story of how the monastery of Mega Spileo was founded is very interesting. A shepherd girl named Efrosini (now a saint) discovered an icon of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) made of wax and mastic by St. Luke. She gave it to 2 monks, St. Theodore and St. Simeon, and they built the first monastery over the cave where the icon was found.This icon...

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  • Panhellenic Liberation Monument

    The Panhellenic Monument of the Heroes of the Revolution of 1821 is located near Agia Lavra. There are 3 figures on the monument. To the left is a statue of a freedom fighter, representing the sacrifices and struggles during the revolution. To the right is a priest, representing the role of the church in the revolution. In the middle is a woman,...

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  • Holocaust Monument

    On December 13th, 1943, Nazi soldiers marched into Kalavrita looking for members of the Greek resistance who had kidnapped and murdered some other Nazi soldiers. The villagers said the resistance had left, but the Nazis gathered all males in the village aged 12 and up to a hill overlooking the village. They also gathered the females and locked them...

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  • Holocaust Monument - Chapel

    A tiny chapel is located at the holocaust monument. Inside, candles are lit for each person who was murdered. A nameplate is attached to each candle with a name and age of the person, and some have extra info. You can feel the spirits of the people with you when you walk inside.

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  • The church

    The 17th century monastery church has got nice frescoes and mosaic floors, a bronze door with wonderful decoration too.It is dark inside, but the light can be felt...

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  • Museum of the Sacrifice of the People of...

    The Museum of the People of Kalavryta was founded in 1993, after 50 years the town's holocaust. The Museum is housed in the town's primary school, which is a historic building, donated by Andreas Syngros in 1906, and closely linked to the historical event of the destruction of Kalavryta. The Museum's aim is to constitute a centre for the promotion,...

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  • The ambry

    It is housed at the same floor where you can see a museum about the monastery with holy exhibits and treasures, as old gospels, venerable manuscripts, carved wooden crosses, vestments etc.

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  • The miraculous icon

    The icon of Panagia (Virgin Mary) holding Christ, as a child, on her right arm is a relief made of wax and mastic, attributed to the evangelist Luke.

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  • The eremetical way of life

    Many hundreds of monks were living in the monastery in the past (today not so many, of course), there were some ascets too... Surely, it is a totally different style of living, I wonder who can live eremetically nowadays...

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  • The foundation of the monastery

    It was founded by two monks-brothers, when a woman from a village (Agia Efrosini) gave to them -in 362 AD- the famous icon of Virgin Mary (Panagia), which she had found at the cave at the entrance of the monastery.

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  • A popular region in the winter...

    The well organized ski center of Kalavrita, 14 km away from it, at an altitude of 1650-2340 m. (mountain Helmos), has 12 ski runs. It is usually crowded at the weekends (there is snow until the end of April). It has been characterised as one of the best of the country.

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  • The cave of the lakes

    This amazing cave is near a village called Kastria, not far from Kalavrita.The developed part of the cave is 500 m (of a total of 20.000) long and includes artistic lighting. It is famous and unique in the world because of its cascading lakes forming three different levels. The cave retains water permanently throught the years in 13 picturesque...

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  • The chapel

    It is next to the main building of the monastery. It is said that the revolutionary flag of 1821 was raised there...There are a lot of heirlooms to admire in the monastery, as this banner of freedom, canonicals of Palaion Patron Germanos, the holy head of Agios (Saint) Alexios, an important library too...

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  • The revolution of 1821

    The call for "freedom or death" first rang out "officialy" in this place in March of 1821, when chieftains and other leaders were gathered there and decided to throw off the Turks after being almost 400 years in Greece.It is believed that Palaion Patron Germanos, a bishop, blessed there the soldiers and their will to fight for freedom until their...

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  • Agia Lavra

    It is another historical monastery, just 5 km from Kalavrita. It was founded in the 10th century and it has been destroyed (and rebuilt) enough times.Agia Lavra is basicly famous for what happened there in 1821...

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  • The "enactment"

    Inside the cave, where drops of water are falling, you can also see this enactment about the foundation of the monastery. The two monks who founded it are holding the icon of Virgin Mary, which was given to them by Agia (Saint) Efrosini 1700 years ago...

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  • The cave

    Mega Spileo means Big Cave, the monastery has been built inside and around it. Jesus Christ, any God, is not only there, is in every human heart...

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  • Religious...

    ...atmosphere, always inspiring and peaceful. Especially at such places, this becomes more sensible...

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  • Rich history...

    Mega Spileo (it means "Big Cave") has a legendary long history... The monastery was burnt 2-3 times, as in 1639, 1934.During the Second World War, the Germans killed all the monks and depredated possessions of the monastery...At the third floor, you can see and learn more about its history...

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  • Mega Spileo

    The view of this legendary monastery is... incredible, anyone can be filled with awe! At an impressive landscape, 1000 m above sea level and 10 km north of Kalavrita, this enormous building with eight storeys stands proud...

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  • A... club!

    This plane is not at an airport, but at a field outside Kalavrita, it is a club! Isn't it an interesting spot?

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  • The monument of the execution

    Kalavrita, built up at an altitude of 800 m, is a town 190 km west of Athens (and just 30 km from the nearest beach), with rich history. On 13/12/1943 the German conquerors executed every citizen of Kalavrita over 13 years old, about 1500 Greeks.There is a museum about this holocaust, "no more wars, peace"...

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Kalavrita Transportation

  • Getting to Agia Lavra & Mega Spileo

    Agia Lavra (7km) and Mega Spileo (10km) are easily accessible by taxi from Kalavrita. Other means of transportation are available.For Agia Lavra, a bus on the way to Tripoli can drop you off nearby.For Mega Spileo, you can get there by way of Zachlorou. Many trains stop there daily.

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  • Amazing landscape

    The rack railway takes you fron Diakofto to Kalavrita, the historic town of Peloponnese on mountain Helmos, crossing the Vouraikos gorge, passing through picturesque tunnels and over bridges.

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