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The monastery of Chrysoleontissa
View from little church opposite Agios Nektarios on Aegina

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Religious life on Aegina island

Aegina island has a great religious tradition, both obvious and hidden, expressed in a special, continuous way from the ancient years until today. The way myths and saints have related to each other is admirable and the saints that Aegina has generated are many, as are the myths that could be told about this island .....

As written in he book "Religious life in Aegina from prehistoric time to date" by Argyro Kavroudaki

The monastery of Agios Nektarios   Church and monastery of Agios Nektarios
One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios and the monastery of Agia Triada. Saint Nektarios of Aegina (1846-1920), is one of the most widely known Greek Orthodox Saints. Agios Nektarios was known as a great miracle worker.
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Monastery of Agios Nektarios

Monastery of Panagia Chrysoleontissa   Monastery of Chrysoleonitissa
One of Aegina's best-kept secrets is this beautiful early 17th-century monastery which sits off in the hills of central Aegina, inhabited by only nine nuns and quite a few animals. You can reach it by foot or car by heading along the road which starts opposite Agios Nektarios.
Further reading
Monastery of Chrysoleonitissa on map

Aegina's Medieval Village of Paleachora   Paleachora/ Palaiachora
Aegina's version of Mystras
Located on a steep hill adjacent to the church and monastery of Agios Nektarios, it was the islands capital from the 9th century until the early 19th century AD). The setting itself is magnificent, especially in spring.
Further reading
Paleachora on map

Monastery of Agias Minas   Monastery of Agios Minas
This monastery lies south-west of the Afea Temple, on a beautiful spot surrounded by pine trees. It is a women's monastery since 1956. The monastery impresses the visitor with the nun's industriousness, its organisation but also the spirituality which is obvious during the mass with the melodic voices of the nuns who chant and every other church gathering.
Monastery of Agias Minas on map

Faneromeni church   Faneromeni church
At a 15 minutes walk from the port of Aegina town, there is a small underground church dating from the 13th century. The icon of the Virgin in the second chapel, was found in the cave behind the alter. The underground church is locked and only open for visitors on certain times.

Faneromeni church

Omorfi Eklisia - Byzantine Aegina   Omorfi Eklisia
The Byzantine church - Omorfi eklesia, the "beautiful church", is a tiny 13th century chapel, its interiour completely covered with frescoes. Located just outside Aegina town, in the area of Asomati.
Further reading
Omorfi Eklisia on map

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