Church of Panagia Agitria
The Church of Panagia Odigitria or Agitria as it is called by the locals, is built inside the crags of Mezalimonas, the first bay west of Cape Tigani. This 12th century Byzantine church is one of the most beautiful churches in the prefecture of Lakonia with marble reliefs, carved bird motifs on the floor and excellent wall paintings. The oldest frescoes are in the narthex and the sanctuary, but there are also some other wall paintings from 1808, in other parts of the church. The Church of Panagia Odigitria is a cruciform church with a dome that dates back to 1200. Adjacent to a natural cavern 66 meters above sea level, offers great views of Cape Tigani and the ocean from the courtyard as well as one of the most beautiful sunsets in the area. Surrounding the church, are remains of cells carved in the rocks, where hermits used to live in the past. The church can be reached via a relatively short path (1,200 meters), from the village of Agia Kyriaki. Take the path that leads to the Menis Castle and on the way, you will come across a narrow footpath above the sea that will take you to the Church of Odigitria. The hike is easy and ideal for all ages. The church is always open, but in case you find the iron door closed, all you have to do is to untie the rope that keeps it closed in order to enter. Visiting this little church is a unique experience and certainly a must if you are in the area.