The Monastery of Skafidia is located just 10 kilometers from Pyrgos and next to the blue waters of the Ionian Sea, at the mouth of the river Iardanos. The visitor will be stunned by the medieval fortress that surrounds it. The monastery of Panagia Skafidiotissa, from which it took its name, was built in the 10th century AD. In addition to its remarkable architecture, it has many treasures, such as sacred utensils, vestments, relics, uniforms, weapons, icons, coins, votive offerings and the banner of the Monastery, from a hand-painted icon with dedication to the Virgin Mary. Important is the Monastery’s archive and the library with many manuscripts, which refer to functional, musical, hagiographic and other themes, but also to the history of the monastery and its participation in the Greek Revolution of 1821.
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