The Monastery of the Virgin Mary of Sissia is located in the cove of Lourdas. It is a monastery for men. Its construction goes back to the 13th century, when, according to tradition, Saint Francis of Assisi built the Monastery in the name of the Virgin Mary and dedicated it to the Latin Diocese of Kefalonia. The name “Sissia” is most likely an alteration of the name Assisi.
The Monastery’s most treasured icon is the “Virgin Mary of Sissia” and is a 15th century art piece. The notable portable chancel icons are works of the Cretan-Ionian artist, Stefanos Tzagarolas, a 17th century priest and are saved at the Saint Andreas’ Monastery Museum.