Located in the southern Peloponnese of Greece, the Monastery of Panagia Giatrissa is an Orthodox Christian religious institution. It was built on an ancient Athena temple site and is said to have been transformed from a pagan sanctuary to a Christian monastery as early as 382 AD.
Initially, the site was bustling with numerous structures spread across a vast expanse. However, it was eventually abandoned. Tradition has it that the monastery was revived and re-established in 1683, known for the occurrence of miraculous healings.
Over the years, the monastery has experienced various ups and downs due to wars, occupations, famines, and economic fluctuations. The present-day complex consists of a moderately sized Byzantine-style church with intricate decorations, a smaller yet charming chapel, and residential quarters for overnight guests surrounding the inner courtyard. The entire complex is fortified, offering breathtaking panoramic views in every direction.
Dedicated to "Our Lady of Healing," the monastery primarily serves as a venue for commemorating the Nativity of Mary, celebrated annually on September 8. During the festive occasion, hundreds to thousands of worshipers gather at the monastery from various directions, using different modes of transportation.
The monastery offers sleeping and dining facilities for several dozen overnight guests, while the rest of the visitors either camp outside or seek alternative accommodations. Since 1972, the monastery has been officially recognised as a sacred shrine and has been staffed by resident clergy since 1977.
Despite having a small team of only one or two residents, the monastery welcomes visitors and tourists, including those who admire the picturesque mountains, valleys, and seas below. Regular liturgies are held, and arrangements can be made for special services and visits by contacting the monastery on short notice.