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Lamia - Agathonas Monastery & Natural History Museum of Oiti Agathonas Monastery & Natural History Museum of Oiti
Agathonos monastery is 7 kilometres away from Ipati village, next to the National Forest of Oiti, at an altitude of 533 metres. It was founded in 14th century by monk Agathonas. According to tradition the old monastery where Agathonas was living was destroyed due to sedimentation and the picture of Virgin Mary disappeared. The picture was found by the monk in a cave, where he built the new monastery. It was named after him shortly after his death. During the War of Independence many Greeks used it as refuge, something that became known and Dramalis burned it in 1822. Despite the fire many of the relics and the hand scripts were saved and you can see them when you visit the monastery.

Inside the yard of the monastery of Agathonas you can find the museum of Natural History of Oiti where you can see exhibits of Palaeontology, Geology and facts about the climate, the soil, the flora and fauna of National Forest of Oiti. On the outside of the museum you can find a botanical garden with the most important plants of Oiti and is one of a kind in the whole region.
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