Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki

Monastery Esfigmenou

Monastery-Esfigmenou

The monastery is inhabited be a large number of energetic monks who follow strictly the Athonite monastic tradition.

The monastery is built by the sea and surrounded by a rectangular wall which forms a rather spacious courtyard. In the middle one sees the Katholicon and around, the wings with the monks’ cells, the guest-house and the refectory, which is a semi-detached building in the west wing, west of the Katholicon.

It was always a monastery in existence with this name in the 10th century and apparently flourishing during the byzantine period. It has been pillaged by pirates many times, but again considerable power after the 18th century.

The Katholicon was built in 1810 in the place of an older church that had been demolished, while the frescoes were made by the Galatista painters in 1811 and 1818. The monastery’s oldest building is the refectory with its frescoes of 16th-17th centuries.

Apart from the Katholicon and the refectory, the monastery possesses an excellent collection of Byzantine and post-byzantine icons, among which the most remarkable is the mosaic icon of Christ. In the library one can see many rare manuscripts, among which the manuscript no 14 is set out for its remarkable decoration.

The monastery is inhabited be a large number of energetic monks who follow strictly the Athonite monastic tradition.

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Monastery Karakallou

Monastery Karakallou

The monastery is situated between the monasteries of Great Lavra and Iviron, on a slope by the sea and is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.

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Monastery-Panteleimon

Monastery Agios Pandeleimonos

The monks are Greek and Russian, which outnumber the first after 1497. In the 18th c. the monastery is again in greek hands, only to fall back to the Russians in 1875.

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Monastery-Simonos-Petra

Monastery Simonos Petras

The seven-stored monastery of Simonopetra is the most bold construction of the peninsula, and is dedicated to the birth of Christ

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