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Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Kea
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Pretty, windy drive up to the Monastery, it’s a tranquil place in a gorgeous hilltop location. In the sunshine it was simple but stunning. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

The lovely Panagia Kastriani Monastery is located on the northern side of the island, about 10 km from Loulida, the capital of Kea. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the monastery was named Kastriani since it was built on Kastri hill. According to the local tradition, around 1700 AD, some shepherds saw a light on top of Kastri hill and when they climbed up, they found a icon of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. On this spot (they considered that the Virgin Mary herself chose that site), they built a small church that survives till today (lower level). In 1912, a larger church was built (upper level). The whole complex was done by gifts and offerings of the faithful people. Besides the bell tower, new structures have been added to the monastery's complex, such as rooms for guests, dining room, cells and more. Overall, this is a quaint and peaceful monastery, beautifully painted in blue and white. Its best feature is the breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea and the island of Andros. Wonderful place to visit. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

This monastery was set high among some beautiful mountains. Truly amazing and beautiful. I would visit this lovely place again.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Nice monastery and very cozy church! Very nice route to the monastery! Don't miss it. You can ask about panigiris, it could be nice experience.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Panagia Kastriani Moni is the first place we visited on our first day in Kea. [In Greece monasteries are usually referred to as Moni.] The drive out was interesting, and even a little scary (at least for me). But well worth it! Kea is fairly small so nowhere is really that far and once you're used to the driving it gets pretty easy. If you don't have a car you can always take a taxi. The views from the monastery are quite spectacular and the monastery itself is a oasis, both the church and the grounds.

There are no longer monks or nuns at this monastery but it is inhabited now by Papa Lefteri (Fr. Lefteris) and his family. Papa Lefteri has been a priest on Kea for many years. The monastery is beautifully maintained and the courtyard is very peaceful. The church is beautiful and the iconography (hagiography) is quite lovely and striking.

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