Pantokrator monastery is located on the eastern
side of the peninsula and is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It was founded by Alexios the Stratopedarch and John the
Primikerios. Its operation most likely started in 1363.
It occupies the seventh rank in the hierarchical
order of the twenty monasteries on
the Mount Athos. It is inhabited by 66 monks (1990) and is coenobitic
(communal). The coenobitic skete of Prophet Elijah belongs to the monastery of Pantokrator.
The monastery's katholikon is
small, due to a lack of space. It is built in the traditional style with one
slight irregularity, that is, the distance between the choirs of the cantors
and the sanctuary is unusually great. The church features wall-paintings from
artists of the Macedonian School and certain parts were restored in 1854.
Besides the katholikon the monastery
features eight chapels.
Treasures held within the
Its library contains 350 codices, two liturgical scrolls and 3,500
printed books. During the recent years a few codices have been stolen from the
library. Among the monastery' treasures, the most significant is a fragment of the
Since 2001 Gavril is the Abbot of the monastery,
the monastery itself is inhabited by
approximately 20 monks and also 42 monks from St. Ilya skete are registered in the monastery.
Miracle-working icons within the monastery
Theotokos Gerondissa is depicted in full height and
elderly without Jesus. The vessel depicted on the icon is the reminder of
miraculous augmentation of anointing oil in the period of starvation as a result of an abbot’s prayer.
the myth, during the service Theotokos ordered a celibate priest to administer
one of the lay brothers who was
miracles are associated with the
icon. During Pantokator’s plunder by the Turks the icon was
thrown into the well, ornaments were taken off. In the road the Turks were
stricken by blindness and understood that it was
the punishment for the sacrilege. Some years later the monks found the intact
icon in the well. Many times the icon expressed her guardianship of the elderly
people, that’s why she is called Gerondissa.