Kefalonia

 

Kefalonia is one of the largest of the Ionian Islands, and it is where we visit the New Jerusalem Monastery and Church of Saint Gerasimos. The monastery was built over the cave that St. Gerasimos lived in as a hermit for the final 19 years of his life. His holy body, still intact, lies in the monastery. The Church of St. Gerasimos stands within the monastery walls, and includes beautiful, vibrant iconography that covers the entire interior and which is still being completed. After exploring the many uplifting aspects of the monastery, we venture to the other side of the island where we enjoy lunch right on the beautiful Ionian Sea, followed by free swim in the beautiful, clear water.