Monastery of Simon Petras
Last Update: Feb 2011
Monastery of Simonopetra
Monastery of Simonos Petras
Simonos Petras Monastery
Tel.: +30 23770 23254
Fax: +30 23770 21014
Monastery of Simon Petras - Photo Gallery
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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