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Simonos Petra Monastery, Mount Athos, Chalkidiki

Simonos Petra Monastery

Información general

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Abbot Elisaios
Día de celebración:
December 25 - Nativity of Christ

Contact Details

Simonos Petra Monastery, Mount Athos, Chalkidiki, 63087 Greece
+30 23770-23254
+30 23770-23707

Información histórica

Year of Establishment:

The monastery is located on the south-west shore of the Athos peninsula. It was built by Saint Simon in the beginning of the 14th century on a sheer cliff rising 230 meters above the sea.

It occupies thirteenth rank in the hierarchical order of the twenty Athonite monasteries. It is inhabited by 80 monks (1990) and is coenobitic (communal).

Its majestic building is seven-storeyed. It has thrice been destroyed by fire, in the 14th and 17th centuries and in 1891. Most of the monastery?s documents, books, liturgical vessels and chrysobulls were destroyed in the fire, while the most recent disaster burnt down the katholikon and the library.

The monastery?s rebuilding began in 1891 aided by the generosity of the Russian Tsars. The katholikon is dedicated to the Birth of Christ, maintains the Athonite architecture and contains certain parts of the old building. It is a small church and it is not frescoed yet.

The monastery features four chapels inside its precinct and eight more outside. Within the predinct are the chapels of Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Charalambos, the Archangels and Saint George.

The treasury and the library do not feature noteworthy treasures of the past due to the numerous disasters, but today?s library is admirably organised and features modern books and periodicals related to the sciences.

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