Profitis Ilias Monastery

Nestled at an altitude of 588 meters into a slope of Mount Eros, Hydra’s highest peak, and a good two hours’ hike above Hydra Town, depending on your pace, Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) Monastery provides spectacular views of the island, sea, and Peloponnese. It is the only male monastery on Hydra. Built in 1813 by the monk Ierotheos on the site of an abandoned monastery, the grounds are today cared for by a small community of monks and include a courtyard enclosing the main church, other attractive buildings, stables, and a vegetable garden. The monastery played a significant role in Greek history, as revolutionary hero Kolokotronis was imprisoned here during the revolt against the Ottoman Empire. If Profitis Ilias is open, the interior of the monastery is quite striking and well worth exploring, and the monks may well have left out refreshments for visitors who have braved the climb on hot days. Note that the walk to the monastery can be a bit challenging. Horse rides can be arranged for those who prefer not to walk. If you do walk, be sure to bring water as there is no place to stop for some on the way, and availability can’t be guaranteed once you arrive.
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The above video, posted on YouTuby by
oreibatikos kalamatas, shows a hike up to Profitis Ilias. Starting from the church of Hydra’s patron saint, Agios Konstantinos, the hikers follow the paved path that leads to this “simple and beautiful men’s monastery,” in which Theodoros Kolokotronis was imprisoned for some time. Along the way the hikers pass Agia Evpraxia, the convent adjacent to Profitis Ilias. 

In the courtyard of Profitis Ilias, there is a cistern with drinking water, a threshing floor, and stables. The church of the Monastery was built in 1821 and in the precinct you can see and buy very beautiful handicrafts.

A short distance (15 rather arduous minutes) from the Monastery of Prophet Elias is the highest mountain on the island, Mount Eros (598 meters). From this point there is a panoramic view of the island, the Saronic Gulf and the Myrtos Sea.

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