Lixouri - Cultural Sites

Lixouri's History

The city was found, when citizens of Pale/Pali found a new location for a town. The old city was left completely until 16th century. The oldest document which contains the name "Lixouri" was sent in 1534 by local authorities to the Senate of Venice. In the 19th century Lixouri was a popular tourist destination;Many houses were destroyed in the earthquakes on January 23, 1867 and in August 1953.

Cultural Sites

Lixouri is a very significant town, with traditional houses abounding with flowers, beautiful squares with picturesque cafes and interesting churches. The inhabitants, are intelligent, sensitive, friendly, open-hearted and gifted with a sense of humour. The two libraries, Iakovatos and Petritsios, with collections of vestments and rare books, the Philharmonic School, the Vallianos Professional School, the copper statue of Stamos Petritsis and the Church of Agios Charalambos (Saint Charalambos), the city's saint-protector, are the most important sites which are worth seeing.The mountainous village of Atheras, with the beach of Agios Spyridonas, the villages of Couvalata and Saint Demetrios, Lascaratos' house at the site of Ritsata, Loukerata,Michalitsata, with the beautiful view to the vineyards and the opposite shores of Argostoli, are also worth visiting. The fascinating beaches of Lepeda, where the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi is situated.The barren islet of Vardiani, a small paradise for inveterate fishermen, is situated across the entrance of the large bay. In Mandzavinata we will also visit the Churches of Agios Spyridonas, Panagia and of Santa Sophia, which contain valuable frescos. A road crossing hills ends up at the beach of Xi, with fine sand and limpid shallow waters.

The Monasetry of Kipouria

Monastery of Kipouria, which also contains valuable heirlooms and post-Byzantine icons, and offers to the visitors the most beautiful vantage point for sunset in the whole island. The monastery was been built at the end of a vertical precipice which ends down to the sea. The Monasterv of Agia Paraskevi Taphion and the Dracospilia Cave are also situated in the vicinity. The beach of Platia Ammos (Wide Sand), which is ideal for vessels' anchoring, and the Village of Vilatoria are situated further North. From Vilatoria the road winds down to a sublime beach, Petani, which is counted among the most beautiful beaches on the island and is covered with white sand and surrounded by crystal clear blue-green waters. Heading down for Lixouri from Chavdata, we come across the Monastery of Coronatos, which has the tear-shedding icon of Virgin Mary.

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