Koutloumousiou Monastery

Mount Athos, Greece

The Monastery of Koutloumousiou is one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula, near Karyes. It is sixth in hierarchical rank among the monasteries.

While the existence of the monastery is confirmed by document from 1169, Koutloumousiou Monastery was founded in its present form in the 14th century. Its central church was built in 1540. It is considered to be one of the most magnificent of all the monasteries of Mount Athos.

The central church was built in 1540, but there are many chapels associated with the monastery. The most impressive of these is the chapel of the Protection of the Mother of God, built in 1733, which is at the left of the eso-narthex of the central church and contains a wonderworking icon of the Mother of God holding Christ as a child. Other chapels include St. Natalia, Ss. Kosmas and Damian, All Saints, St. John the Baptist, the Archangels and St. Spyridon.



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Mount Athos, Greece
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Founded: 1169
Category: Religious sites in Greece


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Abboud Anka (8 months ago)
This monastery is beautiful with its ancient snd rustic building. A small number of monks live there and they only speak Greek, so communication with them was difficult, except for one or two who knew English. A quiet life away from the noise. Reverent prayers. I recommend visiting it and getting to know it closely.
Lucas Kirklewski (10 months ago)
Very hospitable monks, the monastery is great, located in a silent place next to Karies.
Roman Adrian (12 months ago)
The monastery is near Karyes, you have to take a 5-10 minutes walk. Old church and buildings, nice wall paintings, beautiful orchards and surroundings. We didn't find any pangar / chirch store, the monk got kind of angry when we asked.
Pencho Mihnev (2 years ago)
The Holy Monastery of Transfiguration (Koutloumousiou) Agion Oros, Mount Athos, Greece
Chriss Paraschiakos (2 years ago)
The first monastery you find after arriving to Mount Athos...
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