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Convent of Panagia Lehova

COUNTY: Corinthia MUNICIPALITY: Sikyona

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10.56ºC

Type

Monastery

TL;DR

An 11th century byzantine convent surrounded by a forest of black pine-trees is a haven of peace for any soul.

It is an 11th century byzantine convent constructed on top of mount Vesila at an altitude of 1057m. It is built on the ruins of an Asclepius sanctuary specialized in treating diseases of the female reproductive system. The convent is restored and the floor of the church is paved with original opus sectile (type of mosaic work) depicting elaborate rectangular shapes, dated from the 11th and 12th centuries. The icon of Panagia Lehovitissa, dated from the 17th century, when the convent was restored, was painted by Theodoros Papazonis or Georgantas from Zante. The convent surrounded by a forest of black pine-trees is home to about 10 nuns.