The skete of
John the Baptist is a coenobic Romanian skete. It belongs to the monastery of Great Lavra. The skete is located on the
cape at the height of 250
Moldavian monks Nifon and Nektarius bought the cell there with the funds raised
by the Metropolitan Safronios. They built the katholikon dedicated to John the
Baptist and the cells around it. In 1856 the Patriarch of Constantinople
pronounced the skete a coenobic one.
The skete is
constructed in the form of a classical
athonite monastery with the
katholikon in the middle.
of the monks inhabiting the skete nowadays are Romanians.
Miracle-working icons held within the skete
of Jassy is located in the skete’s
katholikon. The icon was presumably
painted in Romania in the
city of Jassy
in 1902. According to the myth, the painter could not portray the face of
Virgin Mary and was taken by
surprise when he found that the face of the icon sheds light. The icon was conveyed to the Mount Athos.
kept within the monastery
The relics of
John the Baptist, the relics of the martyrs Charalampios, Mina and Victor,
blood of the martyr Demetrius, a part of Christ’s tombstone.