Samos monasteries

Combine your summer holidays in Samos with a visit at the most famous and majestic monasteries of the island!

Samos hosts many significant monasteries that are scattered around the island. Today, they constitute an attraction for many visitors and tourists. Most of the monasteries were built during the 16th century. Indicatively, we present the most important of them.

Zoodochos Pigi Monastery

The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is built in the 17th century on the top of a hill, located on the west of the Vlamari area and offers a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea. The richly decorated and gilded wood-carved iconostasis dominates inside the church.

Agia Zoni Monastery

The Monastery of Agia Zoni was built in 1695 in the Vlamari area about 3 km away from Samos town. Inside the temple, visitors can admire 17th-century frescoes as well as the temple’s special wood-carved iconostasis.

Megali Panagia Monastery

The historic monastery of Megali Panagia was built in 1586 near Koumaradei village and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Inside the temple, visitors can find rare frescoes from the 16th century, the imposing throne and the iconostasis, as well as gilded wood carvings.

Panagia Vrontiani Monastery

The Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani is located about 2 km away from Vourliotes village. It was built in 1566 and is the oldest monastery in Samos Island. It is decorated with many beautiful frescoes, while its gilded wood-carved iconostasis is also significant.

The Holy Cross Monastery

The monastery of the Holy Cross was built in 1592 near the Mavratzei village and is a spiritual attraction for the island of Samos. The inside of the temple is decorated with an ornate gilded wood-carved iconostasis. In the monastery are kept remarkable relics, the most important of whom is the asterisk containing Holy Wood.

Panagia Spiliani Monastery

Panagia Spiliani is a very picturesque Monastery, built inside a cave about 1 km away from Pythagorion village. Visitors can worship, inside the church, the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary.

Prophet Elias Monastery

The Monastery of Prophet Elias was built in 1625 a few kilometers away from Karlovasi town. Inside the church there are remarkable religious icons of the 18th century.

Get to know Samos island better during your vacation, through its religious history!