Brontochion Monastery

Mystras, Greece

Brontochion Monastery is located on the northern slope of Mystras, an archaeological site dedicated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The abbot Pachomius incorporated into  the small church of the Hodegetria, or 'Aphentikon', as the monastery's catholicon. The church was reconstructed and completed around 1310.

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Founded: 1308-1322
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Manolis Akoumianakis (3 years ago)
Το Βροντόχι κατά την περίοδο ακμής του Μυστρά, υπήρξε κέντρο έντονης πνευματικής κίνησης. Εδώ δίδαξε ο φιλόσοφος Γεώργιος Γεμιστός ή Πλήθων, σε ένα κύκλο επιφανών μαθητών όπως τον μετέπειτα καρδινάλιο της Ρωμαϊκής Εκκλησίας Βησσαρίωνα και τον τελευταίο ιστορικό του Βυζαντίου, Λαόνικο Χαλκοκονδύλη. Ο Πλήθων ίδρυσε εδώ στον Μυστρά μια μυστική αδελφότητα, στην οποία δίδαξε μια θεωρία πλατωνικής εμπνεύσεως εκθειάζοντας την ανόρθωση ενός εξαγνισμένου παγανισμού. Το Βροντόχι απολάμβανε μεγάλων τιμών από την κεντρική εξουσία, δεχόταν αυτοκρατορικές δωρεές, με αποτέλεσμα να συσσωρεύσει πλούτη και ισχύ. Είχε μια από τις σπουδαιότερες βιβλιοθήκες της Αυτοκρατορίας, είχε σπουδαία βιβλιοθήκη, αποτελούσε το κέντρο της πνευματικής κίνησης του Μυστρά και ήταν σύγχρονος τόπος ταφής των δεσποτών. Μέσα στο μοναστηριακό συγκρότημα του Βροντοχίου υπάρχουν οι δύο επιβλητικότερες εκκλησίες του Μυστρά, των Αγίων Θεοδώρων και της Παναγίας της Οδηγήτριας. Οι Άγιοι Θεόδωροι είναι ο ένας από τους δύο ναούς του Βροντοχίου, κτίστηκε στο χρονικό διάστημα από το 1290 μέχρι το 1298 από τον ηγούμενο Δανιήλ και το μέγα πρωτοσύγκελο Πελοποννήσου Παχώμιο. Ανήκει στον οκταγωνικό τύπο και στις τέσσερις γωνίες διαμορφώνονται ισάριθμα νεκρικά παρεκκλήσια όπου θάβονταν οι δεσπότες. Η εξωτερική του εμφάνιση με τις αλλεπάλληλες στέγες, τις καμάρες, τον μεγάλο κεντρικό τρούλο, τα τοξωτά παράθυρα, τις οδοντωτές ταινίες, διαμορφώνουν ένα σύνολο όπου επικρατεί η κομψότητα και η χάρη, η λεπτή γραμμή και η αρμονική σύνθεση. Οι λίγες τοιχογραφίες που σώζονται ανήκουν στο πρώτο μισό του 14ου αιώνα και φέρουν καταφανή την επίδραση της Μακεδονικής Σχολής. Η Παναγία Οδηγήτρια ιδρύθηκε από τον Αρχιμανδρίτη Παχώμιο το 1310 πάνω σε κωνσταντινουπολίτικο σχέδιο, είναι ο πρώτος ναός του Μυστρά που εφαρμόζει σύνθετο αρχιτεκτονικό τύπο, τρίκλιτη βασιλική στην κάτοψη και πάνω τετρακίονος σταυροειδής πεντάτρουλος, σχήμα που θα εφαρμοστεί αργότερα και στην Παντάνασσα. Στα πλάγια διαμορφώνονται στοές και παρεκκλήσια, στο χτίσιμο χρησιμοποιήθηκαν πωρόλιθοι και δουλεύτηκε το μάρμαρο για την εσωτερική επένδυση, δείγμα της οικονομικής ευχέρειας που υπήρχε. Το πιο εντυπωσιακό στοιχείο είναι τα χρυσόβουλα των αυτοκρατόρων, όπου αναγράφονται τα διάφορα προνόμια που είχαν παραχωρήσει στο Βροντόχι οι αυτοκράτορες του Βυζαντίου.
Vasilis Xrysikakis (3 years ago)
Μεγαλοπρέπεια! Απίστευτη ομορφιά!
Shane R (3 years ago)
Spiritually sublime to experience and wondrous to explore :)
Saltets G (3 years ago)
Интересный монастырь. Интересная церковь Богоматери Одигитрии 1311 года с древними фресками. Спускаясь с верхней части Мистры или поднимаясь с нижней не все сюда заходят, но вы зайдите, не пожалеете.
Добрыня Борисович (4 years ago)
Красивая церковь с фресками.
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