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Anafonitria

The Monastery of Anafonitria, in Zante Zakynthos, Greek islands, from which the nearby village of Anafonitria takes its name, is situated in the North West of Zakynthos, on the outskirts of Anafonitria, near the larger town Volimes.

Visit the monastery of Anafonitria in Zante Zakynthos Greek islands

The Monastery of Anafonitria can easily be included in a Zante day trip.

It is very close to the Shipwreck Bay lookout tower, from where you are able to view the spectacular Shipwreck Beach from above.

It was at the Monastery of Anafonitria in Zakynthos that, Agios Dionysios, the patron saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived out the last years of his life in the 16th century.

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the monastery of anafonitria is an important part of zante island history

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If you are interested in the history of Zakynthos and would like to visit some of the key historical sites during your holiday, then the Monastery of Anafonitria should definitely be on your holiday itinerary. The old home of the islandís patron saint, this charming spot really transports you back to another era. This is one of just eight monastries on the island the survived the earthquake of 1953 - you get a real sense of the island's past in this magical location.

 

The Holy Monastery of Theotokos (Panagia) Anafonitria, in Zante Zakynthos dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was founded in the mid 15th century during Venetian occupation of Zakynthos.

The tower was originally built for defensive purposes and is today used as a belfry. The main church of the monastery, which is situated in the centre of the monastery grounds, is a three-aisled basilica. The frescoes of the church are really impressive and date back about five hundred years.

It was at the Monastery of Anafonitria in Zakynthos that, Agios Dionysios, the patron saint of Zakynthos, became a monk and lived out the last years of his life in the 16th century.

The monastery presently serves as a Parish Church for the neighbouring village of Anafonitria. If you get the chance to visit the Monastery of Anafonitria you will no doubt enjoy the great peace and serenity found within the grounds. You can wander around the grounds at leisure and breathe in the tranquillity of the atmosphere - an enriching Greek Island holiday experience!

 

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