Just outside Methoni, you will find the Catacombs "Agionoyfri" ( Saint Onoufrios), as the locals call them. Carved on a rock, in the third century A.D., those catacombs are one out of two monuments of this kind (the second is in Milos) in Greece.
The Catacombs were underground (and not visible initially) with the entrance high up on the rock, while one could descend into the caves with the carved tombs through a staircase. Unfortunately, the Franks and the Venetians later in time used those unique limestones of the catacombs to construct the Methoni Castle. Today, visitors can only admire just a few internal caves with their tombs in the place that once was an astounding underground labyrinthine burial monument.
During the Early Christian years, those Catacombs were used by Christians as a hidden place of worship, performing the Sacred- Holy -Mass upon the tombs of martyrs.
The same tradition continued in these catacombs during the Byzantine Empire when they were once again used as a place of worship. From that period, several paintings are still preserved on the walls of the caves.