During your day trip to Paliki area, 15km from Lixouri and very close to Platia Ammos, you can find Kipouria Monastery (Moni Kipouraion) built in 1759 by Archimandrite Chrysanthos Petropoulos from Paxos. Its name “Kipouria” comes from the greek word “kipos” (land, vegetable garden) as the monks supported themselves by cultivating all the land around the monastery.
It is overhanging a cliff that crashes into the Ionian, 100 meters above the sea level, in a unique landscape. It has view to the west with a courtyard for guests to attend one of the most spectacular sunsets of Kefalonia. This beauty and serenity of the location together with its spiritual treasures constitutes the Monastery a supreme attraction for the visitor.
Within the Monastery one can worship the miraculous icon of the Annunciation as well as the skulls of the founders of the Monastery, Chrisanthos, Konstantios and Efronios. A piece of the Holy Cross offered to the Monastery by the Russian Prince Vladimiros Dolgoroukis in 1862 is also kept in the Monastery. An elegant glass jar holds St Dimitrios’ Myrovlytis holy myron from the 7th AC century. One can also worship various Saint’s relics as well as Agia (Saint) Paraskevi’s miraculous icon, a unique treasure of the destroyed Tafios Monastery. Holy relics, rare post-Renaissance, post-Byzantine and Italian-Cretan icons and items of faith can be found in the church which was built within the monastery area.
The Monastery celebrates on:
March 25th, Annunciation of the Holy Virgin
3rd Sunday of Lent, Holy Cross Worship Day
September 14th, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with devout vigil in the presence of the local Metropolitan
July 26th, feast day of Agia Paraskevi