Skafidia monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery situated in northwest Peloponnese, Greece. The monastery is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ and was founded in the early 14th century. The monastery is known for its beautiful frescoes and is a popular tourist destination.
The history of the Skafidia monastery begins in the early 14th century when a group of monks from Mount Athos came to the region and settled in a cave. The monks began to construct a small chapel and cells. The monastery was officially founded in 1340 by Saint Nikitas, one of the monks who had settled in the area.
The Skafidia monastery flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries. During this time, the monastery was expanded and many new buildings were constructed. The most notable of these is the Church of the Transfiguration, which was built in the early 16th century. The church is decorated with beautiful frescoes, some of which date back to the 15th century.
In the 18th century, the Skafidia monastery fell into decline. This was due to the fact that many of the monks left the monastery to join the Greek War of Independence. In 1833, the monastery was abandoned and it remained in ruins until it was restored in the early 20th century.
Today, the Skafidia monastery is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can tour the monastery and see the beautiful frescoes that adorn the Church of the Transfiguration.