It is worth a visit even if you are not a very religious person.
As you will walk down the path, remember to stand for a second and raise your eyes above. The sight you will see can only be described with one word: Awe!
One question will then inevitably pop in your mind:
How is it even possible that they managed to construct something like that in the 16th century? How and with what means did they built a monastery literally hanging from a cliff?
DIRECTIONS TO THE MONASTERY
THE MONASTERY DURING THE AGES
The monastery was built in the 16th century and played a major role in providing the Greek fighters for the Revolution of 1821. At the same time it was used as a hospital and offered shelter to those persecuted by the Turks.
In 1838 along with other 400 monasteries throughout Greece the monastery was forcefully shut down, only to open back again after 4 years.
INSIDE THE MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Walking through the door as you enter the monastery, there is a stone-built stair of around 15 steps that leads you inside the rock. On the walls the aged hagiography captures your eyes.
Going up the next stairs you will find yourself to the dining area and through there to the balcony where the view is breathtaking.
On my way out I stood again and raised my eyes…
Opening hours are 8.00-13.00 for the morning and 17.00-20.00 for the evening.