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Address: Stemnista, Dimitra Arkadias, Greece
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Do go, do walk, do visit the monastery as well as the forest. The place is remarkable, built inside the rock, seems to almost levitate. The feeling when you are there is simply... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Do go, do walk, do visit the monastery as well as the forest. The place is remarkable, built inside the rock, seems to almost levitate. The feeling when you are there is simply fantastic!

Thank insurreal
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

If you're in the area, it's well worth the detour. Just wish the parking lot didn't have such a drop off, as we bottomed out pretty hard on the arrival, so be careful. The monastery itself is lovely and welcoming. We continued further, which is a little more of a challenge, make sure to bring water on hot days.

Thank Cornflake81
Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The whole spectacle of getting to this hidden monastery is worth the trip by itself. You can drive the loop from the gorgeous forests and sheep herds of Elati to the beautiful mountain town of Dimitsana. Follow the switchbacks down into the Lousios gorge and make sure you go all the way to the river after your trip to the... More 

Thank Christopher T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

i do highly recommend visiting this place. its a quaint little hike to get there very easy road and the place is amazing, built on the side of the mountain the monastery is simple clean and friendly to its visitors.

Thank Lulu A
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It is a wonderful stop if you are Greek speaking. We had a wonderful conversation with one of the monks in my halting Greek, but English was not an option. This is not a casual tourist destination unless you love lonely silent cliffside refuges from the busy world.

Thank Michael C
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I admit I have a weakness to this monastery. The location sure helps!Fantastic nature overlooking the river. Mystical place to be. I highly recommend it plus you get to visit the nearby Philosophers monastery too..

Thank Gia D
Canberra, ACT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

One of the interesting monestaries along the Menalon walking trail. This beautiful monastery clung on to the side of the mountain was just stunning. All visitors are welcomed and there is a common room where there are plates of lovely biscuits and greek delights. Then you can also help yourself to greek coffee. Such a wonderful surprise. It is so... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

It's my 3rd time here (in 20 years), but any time is an emotion. The monastery is very beautiful and very peculiar, different from the others. Is worth walking the 45 minutes from Philosophou to Prodromou monasteries.

Thank Gianni_Luciani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Beautiful walk across the gorge. Track maintenance could be improved. View of the monastery worth. Unfortunately was not able access monastery due to 1pm closing Many places to stop on the calm peaceful trail. Take water

Thank Robin M
Davis, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

You are rewarded in hiking the amazing Loussios Gorge by visiting secluded and peaceful monasteries. (There are 4 in total). A few monks live there and they offered us water and even made us coffee during our visit. Beautifully preserved churches and fine 17C wall frescoes. Stunning and full of history.

Thank Riel_Travelers

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