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The trail to Agios Nikolaos Church

 

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This Google satellite image shows the short coastal trail from the Karathona south harbour to Agios Nikolaos Church. (Google has incorrectly identified Agios Konstantinos Church as Saint Nicholas).  The walk takes 10 to 15 minutes.

 

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Trail view of the breakwater at the Karathona south harbour

 

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The trail surface varies from hard-packed soil to loose stones and rocks that can shift and slide underfoot. 

 

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Looking north toward the Aconauplia peninsula (top center)

 

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The trail follows a roller coaster-like route to the church, with short uphill climbs and descents over the uneven terrain

 

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A peek at the rocky coastline below the trail

 

 

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The path approaches the cliff that rises above the church, which isn’t yet visible from the trail

 

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The trail ends at a flight of steps that lead to the church entrance gate

 

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A flag depicting a white cross on a blue background has been painted on the cliff to indicate the presence of the church below

 

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Side view of the small church building

 

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A small triangular terrace at the front of the church

 

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A window, bell and cross at the front of the church

 

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Icons of Agios Nikolaos displayed in a nook on the side of the church

 

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The walkway and curious castle-like structure at the front of the church

 

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Church view to the north across the Argolic Gulf

 

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The church’s view of the Argolic Gulf and coastline to the south

 

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The steps lead to a small concrete landing at the water’s edge where boats can dock to unload passengers 

 

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A view of the church’s castle-shaped “tower”

 

 

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