Kalavrita Travel Guide

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    beautiful Kalavrita gorge from the road
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    driving along the Kalavryta gorge
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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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Mega Spileo - The cave

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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.


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.

  • 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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