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Paleokastritsa Monastery  picture in Corfu
Paleokastritsa Monastery  picture in Corfu
Paleokastritsa Monastery picture in Corfu
Paleokastritsa Monastery  picture in Corfu
Paleokastritsa Monastery  picture in Corfu
Paleokastritsa Monastery picture in Corfu

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For sweeping views of the ocean and prime photo ops, travelers recommend visiting the Paleokastritsa Monastery. Located on a remote cliff peninsula in the village of Paleokastritsa, the Byzantine monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the site dates back to the early 1200s.

The grounds of the monastery are surrounded by lush olive and cypress trees. Inside, you'll find a small museum of Byzantine icons, books, relics and a traditional olive oil press.

While the interior and exterior architecture is a must-see for any history buff, recent visitors said the real star is the stunning views of the island and Mediterranean Sea.

You'll find the monastery about 15 miles west from Corfu Town. There's no official admission charge, but visitors can donate to the monastery or purchase handmade olive oil from the site's souvenir shop.

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