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The monastery of Xeropotamou is located on the south-west side of the Athos peninsula and is dedicated to the Forty Martyrs. The monastery was founded towards the end of the tenth century, probably by the monk Pavlos Xeropotamenos. In the late Byzantine period it was supported by the Paleologan dynasty as well as Serbian rulers. After the fall of Byzantium, the turkish raids, and two destructive fires in 1507 and 1609, cause serious damages to the monastery.

It occupies the eighth rank in the hierarchical order of the twenty Athonite monasteries. It is inhabited by 40 monks (1990) and is coenobitic.

The monastery‛s katholikon was built by Caesar Dapontes between 1761-1763 and has the typical plan of all the Athonite churches. The wall murals date back to the time of its creation and are still maintained today in an exquisite condition.

Within the monastery are seven chapels dedicated to the Archangels, Saints Contantin and Helen, to the Elevation of the Holy Cross, to Saint John the Baptist, Saints Theodosios and George and to the Presentation of the Virgin.

Opposite the entrance of the Katholikon is the refectory, built by the Wallachian abbot Alexander. Between the Katholikon and the refectory lies the Phiale for the blessing of the waters, made from red marble.

The library contains 409 hand-written codices and 4,000 volumes of printed books. Also, the monastery features invaluable treasures, such as a fragment of the True Cross and relics of many saints. 
Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:11
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Regina Lopes Regina Lopes #1 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:21

Interesting presentation. Good work.

Gilbert Morisson Gilbert Morisson #2 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:22

Very good picture, congrats...

Zozo Zozo #3 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:25

Excellent work Yianni
Thanks a lot for notes

A. Girao A. Girao #4 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:30

A good work, Yiannis, excellent description!

Vitor Nunes Vitor Nunes #5 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:42

Very well done and presented

Elena Savchenko Elena Savchenko #6 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:49

Very beautifully. You have cleaned a wall? When I shall be rich, I shall arrive to Greece smile ))

Yiannis Papadimitriou Yiannis Papadimitriou #14 Wed 13 Jul 2005 11:09

Thanks for kind comments.
Everything is clean there and the oversoul too!!
Welcome my dear friend, Elena

AndreasD AndreasD #7 Wed 13 Jul 2005 01:54

Great picture and very useful information

silvia marmori silvia marmori #8 Wed 13 Jul 2005 02:45

wow.. such an interesting place.. thanks so much for your notes, Yiannis, and a great image captured.. so good perspective and contrast of different textures!

Fernando Dinis Fernando Dinis #9 Wed 13 Jul 2005 04:34

Excellent work, great dof REGARDS!

Berenice Kauffmann Abud  - AFIAP Berenice Kauffmann Abud - AFIAP #10 Wed 13 Jul 2005 07:42

Excellent work with very beautiful textures and tones! Well done my friend! Congrats!
Hugs to you!!!

Arvid Klokk Arvid Klokk #11 Wed 13 Jul 2005 08:45

Wonderful capture!!!!
Wonderful composition

Yuriy Gogin Yuriy Gogin #12 Wed 13 Jul 2005 09:19

Wonderful work!!!
Best regards

nikipap nikipap #13 Wed 13 Jul 2005 10:32

mpravo! Poly kali doyleia.

Dimiourgei ena mistirio, sou erxetai mia anatrixila!!!!!


mircea grumaz mircea grumaz #15 Wed 13 Jul 2005 13:14

very good angle of view and presentation, too
best regards