Amfeia in Messinia is located on the main road between the villages Thouria and Poliani. It is divided in two villages Kato and Pera Amfeia. Amfeia until 1927 was called Gardiki, a name derived from the Slavic word “Gard” which means dry place. The current name comes from the Ancient Amfeia.

Among the monuments of Byzantine Amfeia, we can visit the Church of Agios Ioannis the Baptist of Gardiki, built on the 14th century, in shape of a cross with twelve-sided dome. Until recently a nunnery was operated there. In two kilometers to the south of the Monastery of Gardiki there is “the chapel of Agioi Anargiroi” in a cave. In the depth of the cave there is the Holy Sanctuary with temple coverd by frescoes.

You can start hiking from Kato Amfeia and the church of the Transfiguration to the riverbed of Xerillas. After 4.5 km it leads to the bridge of Agrilos. It is an easy trail through a beautiful natural landscape.

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