Agia Thekli

Agia Thekli is situated in the center of the peninsula Palliki and is 8 km from Lixouri, the largest city in the region. According to the historians and folklorists, the foundation of the city dates back to Byzantium, when the family Loverdos had first colonized here. They also believed that they brought with them the icon of Agia Thekli and built the homonymous church to house it. The exact date is not determined by scholars. The church that we see today was constructed in 1887, as the earlier had been destroyed by the earthquakes of 1860 that hit the island of Kefalonia.

The village is built on the green hillside and in its entrance you will see a stone fountain, called “Keria”. It’s neat, stone with intricate carvings, as here come the people, until recently, to collect water for their homes and their jobs. Agia Thekli currently has 235 residents, according to the 2011 census.

Apart from the church of Agia Thekli, the church of the Archangel and the unfinished Agios Nikolaos, are estimated to be post-Byzantine buildings that testify the importance of the village, at that time. The village’s festival is held every year on the day of Agia Thekli, on 24th of September, with traditional music and dancing until dawn.

From Agia Theklo, you can easily reach Petani. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Kefalonia and is approximately 3 km from the village.

 

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