Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Megara

The first Greek Orthodox Monastery I ever visited was the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, above Megara, Greece. I was traveling through Greece with my family in the summer of 2003, just a 12-year-old with her mind preoccupied with thoughts of home and concerned about what I would wear for my first day of junior … Continue reading Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Megara

Agia Lavra and Mega Spileo Monastery

“EIPHNH” Peace. “OXI PIA POLEMOI” No more war. These words, cast in huge white letters on a quiet hillside in the Northern Peloponnese region of Greece serve as a message of peace and a symbol of the martyrdom that took place there. At the top of the hill is a large cross overlooking the city below, and a date—13-12-43. On December 13, … Continue reading Agia Lavra and Mega Spileo Monastery

St. Dionysios Church, Zakynthos

Travelers arriving to the port of Zakynthos by ferry can’t miss the Church of Saint Dionysios, the largest church on the island, which dominates the view from the seaport. A fairly modern church, it was built in 1948. The only distinguishing thing about its exterior is its marvelous bell tower, otherwise it’s not a notable … Continue reading St. Dionysios Church, Zakynthos

Meteora Monasteries

In the mountainous region of Thessaly, Greece are the famous monasteries of Meteora, perched upon massive clifftops at a dizzying height above the neo-modern city of Kalambaka. Meteora (“suspended in the air” or “the one that doesn’t have support”) is a stunning sandstone rock formation and is home to one of the largest monastic communities … Continue reading Meteora Monasteries

Holy Trinity Monastery, Aegina

Saint Nektarios, the patron saint of Aegina, was recognized as a saint in 1961, making him one of the most recently canonized saints in the Greek Orthodox church. A philosopher and writer, Saint Nektarios became widely known as a healer and was particularly sought out by persons suffering from heart disease and cancer. Having lost … Continue reading Holy Trinity Monastery, Aegina