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The monasteries of Ilia are unique destinations where the visitor can find the pure taste of the Greek orthodox faith.

Monastery of Eisodiotissa, the Virgin Mary (Agios Ioannis)

(7.38 Km – approx. 9 mins from Katakolon)

On your way to Olympia just before entering the village of Agios Ioannis you will notice a huge yellowish building with arches hidden behind the trees to your left hand side. The monastery hosts the Faculty of Hagiogrphy and Byzantine Music. You won’t have any trouble finding it since a shrine (iconostasis) before the crossroads indicates that the monastery is to the left. Today the cells of the monks function as a youth shelter for young adolescents.

Further to the left there is a big rock with a hole in the middle which is considered miraculous. According to poplar tradition people who are either psychologically or physically ill pass…

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