|Of the old,
immensely attractive city of Argostoli,
the capital which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, very little
remains; one or two houses, the arched bridge stretching across the lagoon
and the obelisk at its center, which commemorates the date of its
construction. During your stay there you could visit its interesting
museums (Archaeological Museum: tel.: 28300; Folk Art Museum: tel.:
28835), its Library: tel.: 28221 and swim at the famous nearby beaches of
Makris and Platis Gialos.
South of Argostoli near the village of Domata lies the Church of Panagia with an exceptional carved wooden icon screen. NE of Domata the Monastery of Agios Andreas near the village of Peratata has a wonderful icon collection. Above the monastery looms the Castle of St. George built by the Venetians in 1504. Within its walls there is a small piazza, the Kanoni, and north of it the ruins of the Catholic church of St. Nicholas. The view of the fertile valley and its villages spread out below the castle is splendid.
In the area of Lassi, 2.5 kilometers from Argostoli, are the famous Katavothres, (swallow-holes) a rare geological phenomenon. Here sea water enters openings in the rock and "disappears". Only recently were scientists able to trace it; they found that it travels northeast underground all the way across the island finally to emerge at Melissani, near the village of Karavomilos, opposite Sami. (In the past, water poured in at such a rate it was used to power two enormous sea mills.)
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