The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos

The most important monastery of the island lies in Omalo, on top of a green valley, near the village of Balsamata. The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos was founded in 1560 by the Saint of the same name, who is the patron saint of Kefalonia and lived as a hermit in a cave in Lassi Argostoli for six years, before coming to this site.

The tabernacle of Agios Gerasimos, kept at the monastery in a silver casket, attracts thousands of worshippers from all over Greece every year. Here, you'll also see the hermitage of the Saint, the entrance of which is located within the building. To visit, you must descend a 3 m ladder to the basement of two rooms, separated by a narrow passage.

The monastery is easily accessible either from Argostoli (15 km.) or Sami (18 km).

Open all year round
Daily: 09.00-13.00 & 15.30-21.00