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Monastery of Chelandari

Last Update: Feb 2011

(Hilandar, Chiliandariou)

Monastery, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage AGION OROS , CHALKIDIKI , GREECE
(Est. 1197)
Tel.: +30 23770 23281, 23797, 23494, 23108 , Fax: +30 23770 23494

Monastery of Chelandari - Photo Gallery

Monastery of Chelandari - Overview

  The history of the monastery begins in the 10th century but, after its ruin, the emperor Alexius III, in 1198 granted it to the Serbian rulers Stefan Nemanja and his son Rastko, who became monks (Symeon and Sava respectively) who proseeded to the construction of new buildings. During the 14th century, the monastery reached its highest peak, accumulating riches and heirlooms from imperial as well as private donnations.
  One of the largest and richest in heirlooms monasteries of the Holy Mountain, Chelandar is the main spiritual center of the Serbs from the 12th century onwards. Besides the central church (Katholicon), honoured in the memory of the Presentation of the Virgin, there are many chapels, the refectory and the aisles with the monks΄ cells as well as the other auxiliary buildings (guest-house, library and others).
  The present monastic community preserves close relations with the Serbian people as well as the Greek population of the Holy Mountain and its neighbouring area.
  Apart from the abundance of frescoes (St. George΄s Tower, Katholicon, old and new Refectory etc), the monastery possesses one of the largest libraries of Slavonic and Greek manuscripts, as well as a large number of portable icons dated in the 12th century onwards.

Monastery of Chelandari - 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 / Late Byzantine period, AD 1204-1453 • Monastery / Middle Byzantine period, AD 610-1204 / Late Byzantine period, AD 1204-1453 • Frescoes

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