Monastery of Paleokastro

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The Monastery of Paleokastro (or "Old Castle"), an 18th-century nunnery on a verdant hill near Ano Mera, provides a respite from the more bustling environment of Mykonos proper.

Visitors regularly note the welcome break the monastery provides from the large crowds typical of Mykonos. Although small and nondescript-looking on the outside, the building reliably pleases those who venture inside, and the surrounding area is regarded as exceptionally picturesque.

The monastery, along with its small upstairs museum of church relics and related artifacts, is open to the public for a fee of 1 euro (a little more than a dollar).

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