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Monastery of Simon Petras

Last Update: Feb 2011

Monastery of Simonopetra

Monastery, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage AGION OROS , CHALKIDIKI , GREECE
(Est. 1257)
Tel.: +30 23770 23254 , Fax: +30 23770 21014

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Monastery of Simon Petras - Overview

  The seven-stored monastery of Simonopetra is the most bold construction of the peninsula, and is dedicated to the birth of Christ. The name comes from the founder of the monastery, Hosios Simon, who lived in Athos in the mid 14th c.The Katholicon was built after the last fire and has no frescoes. The monastery has 15 chapels and 5 Kellia in Karyes.
  At the end of 16th c. the monastery is burnt down, rebuilt and reburnt in the beginning of the 17th c. This long period of decline is interrupted by shorts periods of prosperity. At the end of the last century, the monastery is one more time burnt, and rebuilt with funds from Russia.
  Among the monastery's heirlooms, the most important is a piece of Saviour's Cross, holy reliquaries and others. The library, after the last fire, possesses only a few modern manuscripts and books.
  The monastery is inhabited by a brotherhood of 60 monks.

Monastery of Simon Petras - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 23770 24015, Fax: 23770 24015, Email:  
    10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Agion Oros Office, Karyes

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Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments

Art & culture

Cultural Heritage • World Heritage Monument (UNESCO)
On site monuments • Churches / Post-Byzantine period, 1453-1821 • Monastery / Late Byzantine period, AD 1204-1453 • Frescoes

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