Temple of Panagia Ambelakiotisa in Naupaktia
Following north from Naupaktos, the road for mountainous Naupaktia area at Ambelakiotisa village, we will meet the famous monastery.
Built in 1847, though the older temple was from 1456. The front side of the monastery is impressive and has a sign that informs about the dates of foundation and renovation. The temple of 1871 was constructed in a local wood-scruple workshop...
Inside temple there are some significant holy relics which give honour and prestige at Monastery and fairly considered to be the " Ark of Naupaktia", as it keeps priceless relics.
It was founded in 1455, when as tradition says a shepherd from the village found an icon of Theotokos under a tree that still exists until today. It is said that this icon came from the village Ambelakia of Thessalia that it was looted by the Ottomans after the Fall of Constantinopole. This icon was thrown at Pineios by the Turks when they overcome the village.
In miraculous way, the icon was found in a tree that stands behind the monastery, at 15th of August 1455. Then it built the first monastery, and after twenty years (1475) during a fundraise the right hand of Agios Polykarpos Episkope of Smirni was received.
During the years of revolution the monastery was a lair of generals of the army and shelter for women and children after the fall of Messolonghi.
The icon of Panagia of 17th century, propably based on a model of 1456. The silver cover is of 1820.
At the temple there is a place that keeps the hand of Agios Polykarpos, and also the silver bonecase of 1470 with Saint bones, a gift from Patriarchis Timotheos to the Abbot of the monastery.
From Constantinopole comes the extravagant epitaph made of gold (1735) by the famous Margiora from Chalki with influences from Palaiologian art.
For your stay in Aetoloakarnania, Agrinio town, Messolonghi and the rest areas of the prefecture, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Ano Chora Naupaktia , Messolonghi as well as in many other areas of Aetoloakarnania County and mountainous Naupaktia there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can access Aitoloakarnania by car using the road network.
The best way to explore and wander around in Aetoloakarnania, known for its many natural beauties and major attractions, is to have your own transport. It is worth visiting places that the local transport and tours do not reach.
Indicative distances and routes from Naupaktos:
Ambelakiotisa: 58 km
Ano Chora: 52,2 km
Athens: 220 km
Thessaloniki: 467 km
Patra: 25,1 km
Ioannina: 222 km
Preveza: 164 km
Regular Aetoloakarnania Intercity bus routes connect the main and major cities of the prefecture to Athens and capitals of other prefectures.
There is also regular connection of areas, villages and regions of the county.
The region of Agrinio has a good road network which makes transportation easy through all villages and settlements.
In the city of Agrinio you may also use the urban bus. tel (+30) 26410.57.851.
For your entertainment at Aitoloakarnania you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias and clubs etc. with exellent service and variety of products and services that will fill up your expectations
Aitoloakarnania consists of many traditional, simple but also luxurious places that you can eat whichever kind of food you wish.