Information about Mount Athos Halkidiki Greece


Τoday on Mount Athos there are 20 monasteries.

17 of them are Greek: Megistis Lavras, Vatopediou ( Greek Cyprian ), Iviron, Koutloumousiou, Agiou Pavlou, Dionissiou, Xenofontos , Stavronikita, Gregoriou, Konstamonitou, Esfigmenou, Doheariou, Karakalou, Xiropotamou, Pantokratoros, Simonos Petras, Filotheou.

1 monastery is Russian : Agiou Panteleiminos, 1 is Serbian : Hilandar and 1 is Bulgarian : Zografou.

There are also 14 skites and many kellia, kalives and kathismata. Mount Athos is governed by the “Holy Community” a council of representatives from the 20 monasteries with the participation of the Greek State through its representative in Karyes, the capitol city. The executive organ of the “Holy Community” is the four-member “Holy Epistasia” headed by the “Protepistate”. Responsibility for spiritual matters comes under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, while matters of public order and safety come under the representative governor of the Greek state.


Monastery Stavronikita

It is one of the smallest monasteries of the Holy Mountain following however the traditional architecture, with the Katholicon in the middle.

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Monastery Agios Pavlou

It is situated in the west foot of Athos, 20 min from the sea and is dedicated in the Presentation of Christ to the temple.

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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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Monastery Filotheou

Two hours and a half from Karyes lies the monastery of Filotheou. It is built 300 meters above the sea level.It was built by St. Filotheos before 972.

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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 Zografou

The monastery was founded, according to tradition, in the 10th c. by three brothers, Moses, Aaron and Ioannis from Achris.

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Monastery Xiropotamou

The monastery is in the middle of the athonite peninsula, on the way from Daphne to Karyes and is dedicated to the 40 Martyrs.

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Monastery Pandokratoros

The monastery is built by the sea, in the N.E. side of the peninsula and is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Saviour.

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Monastery Koutloumousiou

The original monastery was built before the 12th century but in the 14th centutry, abbot Chariton of Imvros, receeded to the enlargement of the monastery

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Monastery Agios Dionisiou

It was built in the middle 14th century by the monk Dionysious of Koryssos in the Kastoria precinct, with the financial support of the emperor Alexius III Comnenos of Trapezous

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Monastery Hilandariou

During the 14th century, the monastery reached its highest peak, accumulating riches and heirlooms from imperial as well as private donnations

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Monastery Iviron

The 16th century has been a period of prosperity for the monastery, and, as result, it has been decorated with splendid painting works

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Monastery Vatopediou

The monastery was built during the second half of the 10th century, by three monks, Athanasius, Nicholas and Antonius from Adrinople

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Monastery Megistis Lavras

During the ten centuries of its existence, the monastery has always held the first place among the other monasteries of the Holy Mountain

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Monastery Konstamonitou

The Konstamonitou monastery it is built in a forest ,200 meters above the sea level,50 minutes walk from the coast.

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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 Esfigmenou

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

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Monastery Osiou Grigoriou

The monastery is built by the sea, in the S.W. side of the peninsula, between the monasteries of Dionysiou and Simonopetra

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Monastery Xenofondos

It is built by the sea, between the monasteries of Docheiariou and St Panteleimonos, and is dedicated to St George.

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Monastery Dochiariou

It is one of the most elegant and beautiful monasteries of the Holy Mountain, sited by the sea.

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