Vlacherna Monastery is an iconic point of the island and one of the most famous and photographed places on Corfu, having been utilized by film producers in Greece and abroad.

They say that anyone who has not been to the area of ​​Kanoni and seen the Monastery of Vlacherna and Pontikonisi has not found Corfu.

The Holy Monastery of Vlacherna is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge with a short walk to the Monastery. The walkway is flanked by fishing boats and little ferry boats that go from the monastery to the famous Mouse Island (Pontikonisi Island).

Back in time

The Holy Monastery of Blachernae (Vlacherna) was built in the 17th century. In 1799, it belonged to the Halikiopoulos-Mantzaros family and for years functioned as a nunnery until 1980.

The building

The building of the Monastery of Vlacherna is distinguished by its unusual shaped, tiled roof and intense white walls that sharply contrast with the lush landscape and the brilliant blue of the sea.

After crossing the pedestrian bridge you will find yourself in the courtyard of the Monastery and there, on the left side, you will be able to worship the icon of the Virgin Mary, “Lady of Vlacherna”, in the small church of the Monastery. Weddings and baptisms are often held at the Monastery, while its celebration takes place on July 2.

Its name

The name Vlacherina or Vlacherna originates from the large monastery located in Istanbul.

Text Composing: Marilia Makri
Photography: Eddie Kastamonitis
Translation - Text Editor: Adelia Cook
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