Sightseeing Special – the Important Monasteries of Kos!

Monasteries of Kos

For those interested in religious tourism or simply those who enjoy touring and exploring churches, chapels and monasteries, Kos Island has many such sites to offer. Some are as old as the first Christians on the island, others, more modern, are intricately adorned. Here are some of the most important and visit-worthy monasteries of Kos.

The church of Ypapandi (Candlemas) in the ruins of a medieval fortress in Pyli is a small chapel adorned by beautiful 14th century murals as well as a marble altar with columns taken by a neighbouring ancient temple of the goddess Demetra. From the church’s yard you can enjoy astonishing views that reach all the way to the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos.
Monasteries of Kos
The Chapel of Saint Nikolas on the islet of Kastri, on the beach of Agios Stefanos in Kefalos sits on probably the most gorgeous site of the island of Kos. On the Agios Stefanos beach, you will also find the ruins of two 5th century Basilicas, a significant archaeological site with beautiful mosaics and even more amazing views.

The church of Baptist Saint John, also known as the Seven Steps church in the cemetery of Kos is significant not only due to its unusual shape that seems square on the outside but its interior is round, but also as it is one of the oldest churches on the island, dating back to the 5th century.

The monastery of Saint John near Kefalos is situated in a quaint natural environment, surrounded by a forest of platan trees. The remains of its steeple are amongst the most photographed sites on the island, and the monastery itself is considered a haven of tranquility.

For any additional information on the monasteries, churches and chapels of Kos do not hesitate to address the Kos Diamond Deluxe concierge. For more on the Diamond Deluxe Hotel on Lambi beach, Kos, visit