Nafpaktos, thanks to its geographical position, is a crossroads for both pilgrims and tourists in general, with the Monastery of the Transfiguration at Skala as a focal point. Its position played a vital role in the rebirth and renewed veneration of the “forgotten” Virgin Nafpaktiotissa (Madonna di Lepanto), a jewel of the city which now attracts devout pilgrims from all over the world, whether they be Christians, Jews, or Muslims.
Work on the Monastery Katholikon, built in the Byzantine architectural style and dedicated to the Virgin Nafpaktiotissa, has been ongoing for the past 20 years. It is now close to completion and has been partially given over for devotional use.
The difficult task of completing this Byzantine-style Church in a period of prolonged financial crisis was beyond the modest capabilities of the Monks. Crucial work remains to be done for the Church to be considered complete (tiling of the roof, thermal insulation, windows, doors, surrounding area, frescoes, liturgical equipment, etc.). Friends of the Monastery are kindly asked to donate what they can for the completion of the Church.