At the Plemonari area, in the northwest part of the island, 13km from Zakynthos town centre, you will come across the Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria. The monastery was founded in the 15th century by Count Palatino of Kafalonia and Zakynthos Leonard III Tokkos and is named after the byzantine, miraculous painting of Panagia Anafonitra, which reached the island from Istanbul in an extraordinary way.
The monastery which was under Venetian rule was offered to prominent personalities and church representatives –among others– bloomed during the end of the 15th century. The patron Saint of the island, Agios Dionisios, was an abbot there, who, in 1580 hid his brother's assassin from his persecutors.
All the historic relics and works of art that used to be in the monastery have been stolen by foreigners and locals at different times.