Vlatades Monastery

Thessaloniki, Greece

Vlatades Monastery was founded by the brothers Dorotheus and Markus Vlatadon, who were students of Gregory Palamas, in the latter half of the fourteenth century. It was first mention in a letter by Patriarch Matthew dated in 1400 to Metropolitan Gabriel of Thessalonica.

In 1387, Thessalonica and the monastery were occupied for the first time by the Ottoman Turks. While the monastic community held together, the monastery properties were sequestrated as royal property and the main church was converted into a mosque with the frescoes of its interior plastered cover. During the Turkish occupation a unit of Turkish troops, commanded by a cavus, was billeted at the monastery giving rise to the name Cavus Monastir, still often popularly applied to the monastery.

During the latter part of the sixteenth and most of the seventeenth centuries the condition of the Monastery of Vlatadon and its dependencies deteriorated. While supported by a succession of Patriarchs of Constantinople, the monks of the Monastery of Vlatadon attempted to recover and restructure their dependencies in Thessalonica.

By the mid-twentieth century the monastery became a meeting place for scholars and academics of the city. In 1965, the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies was established that has worked closely with the Aristotelean University of Thessalonica. In recent years the Monastery of the Vlatades has been further renovated and expanded.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Fabian (5 months ago)
Beautiful place with the best view and Demetrius service at the shop is great !
Anthony Manmohan (5 months ago)
Sunday. Ib operation since 1551 with view points offering good views of the city. You will notice the White Tower and OTE Tower.
Elwin Arens (6 months ago)
Desolate due to COVID? Extra quiet. Nice.
Mr Lime (6 months ago)
The peace of God is precent at this location.
Jason Patsatzis (7 months ago)
Best view in the whole of Thessaloniki
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