Fodor's Expert Review Main Square (Lower Town)

Monemvasia Religious Building/Site/Shrine

On the main square stands the town's 13th-century Church of Elkomenos Christos, reputedly the largest medieval church in southern Greece. Carved peacocks on its portal are symbolic of the Byzantine era; the detached bell tower—like those of Italian cathedrals—is a sign of Venetian rebuilding in the 17th century. Sculptures from the church, together with other interesting finds from excavations around the island, are held across the square in the town's Archaeological Collection (€3; closed Tues.), a small, interesting museum housed within an 16th-century former mosque. Outside, a canon dominates the square, typically forming a backdrop to the many selfie-ing couples.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Tzamiou Sq., along main street
Monemvasia, Peloponnese  23070, Greece

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