Home arrow Monastery
Friday, 05 June 2020

Mount Athos

Docheiareiou PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 December 2006

The Holy Monastery of Docheiariou is tenth in the hierarchy of the monasteries, founded in X century by Evthimios who was monastery’s docheiar (the chief of provision).In the early 11th century pirate raids drove away some of the monks, together with the founder, to the Monastery's present site.

normal_doxiariou47.jpgIn the 14th century, the Emperor John V Palaeologus and the Prince of Serbia Stefan Dushan helped the Monastery in a variety of ways. In the next century, Docheiariou passed through a period of decline, the only setback in its history as it has never suffered the damage caused by destructive fires. In the 16th century, the priest Georgios from Adrianople dedicated himself and all his possessions to the Monastery. At the same period, with the help of Alexander, Prince of Moldo-Wallachia and his wife, Roxandra, the property of the Monastery was returned. The 17th century the restoration of the tower of the Monastery took place, while in 1660 it was given the title of 'stavropegic'. Its bell-tower was built in the 18th century. At the time of the Greek Revolution, the Turks tortured its monks and carried off its treasures.

The present well-lit katholikon of Docheiariou is a 16th-century building with fine wall-paintings of the Cretan School. The Monastery has 12 chapels, the most important is Our Lady Gorgoipekoos, which contains the miracle-working icon of Our Lady of the same name.

The Monastery possesses a piece of the True Cross, relics of saints, sacred vessels, and vestments. Its library contains 545 manuscripts, 62 of which are on parchment, and more than 5,000 printed books. Today Docheiariou is the home of some 30 hard-working monks.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 December 2006 )
Dionysiou PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 December 2006

The Dionysius Monastery  is on the southwestern side of the peninsula. Dionysiou ranks fifth in the hierarchical order on Mount Athos and is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.


normal_xelandariou54.jpgDionysius Monastery was founded in the fourteenth century by St. Dionysios of Koreseos. The golden bull (chyrsobull) authorizing the founding of the monastery was signed in 1374 by Alexios II Comneno. A treasure, the bull is kept in the monastery. Construction proceeded with financial aid from emperor Alexios III Comnenos.


The monastery is built along the western coast of the peninsula on a rocky cliff high above the sea and overlooking a deep wooded ravine. In 1535, the monastery was swept by fire destroying it. Reconstruction began quickly and by 1547 the principal church of the monastery, the katholikon, had been built and painted with several murals by the Cretan painter Tzortis. A golden iconostasis was added in the eighteenth century. Around the katholikon are number of chapels including one that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Inside the monastery walls, a 25 meter high (80 feet) defensive tower was built in 1520. The tower was used periodically for safe keeping of the monastery's library. A dynamic community of monks now inhabits Dionysiou and has undertaken the job of renovating and redecorating the older buildings.


The Abbot of the monastery since 1989 is Petros, the monastery is inhabited by 45 monks.


The monastery library contains many old documents, including 804 codices and more than 5,000 old printed books. Among the holdings are Gospels from the eleventh century as well as chrysobulls (golden bulls) and manuscripts. Among these manuscripts is an illuminated Gospel from the thirteenth century.

The relics of St. Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople, are housed in a special crypt in the katholikon.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 January 2007 )
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 Next > End >>

Results 19 - 20 of 20