Philotheou Monastery

Mount Athos, Greece

The Monastery of Philotheou is one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula and is located on the eastern side of the peninsula. It is twelfth in hierarchical rank among the monasteries. The name of 'Philotheou' is named after its founder, St Philotheos, and is derived from two Greek words which mean 'Beloved of God'. Philotheou functions as a coenobitic monastery.

Founded by St Philotheos in the last quarter of the 10th century, it was obscure until Serbian and Bulgarian monks settled there between the 14th and 16th centuries. As the Slav monks left, the monastery again became obscure; until the 18th century, when the Greek princes of Moldavia and Wallachia made grants to the monastery, with which the brotherhood had guest quarters, cells and chapels built.

In 1746, the central church was built, and over the next thirty years had fresco's painted, including the Mother of God Glykofiloussa and scenes from Revelation. Additionally, there are ten chapels connected to the monastery, four inside the monastery proper and six outside.

Philotheou possesses the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God Gerontissa, and it's library has 250 manuscript codices and two parchment rolls of the Divine Liturgy. The sacristy contains a piece of the True Cross and the right hand of St John Chrysostom, among other relics.



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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece


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Ελλάς Φως (15 months ago)
Αγαπημένο μου μοναστήρι στο Άγιον Ορος
George Kontogouris (16 months ago)
The Monastery of Filotheou is located on the east side of the peninsula. The Monastery is in the middle of the forest. It was built by Oios Filotheos. It is recently renovated.
Ηλίας Παπαγεωργίου (18 months ago)
καταπληκτικό μοναστήρι βέβαια αν και θα προτιμούσα τις μονές όπως ήταν πριν από αρκετά χρόνια χωρίς ευκολίες και καλοπέραση εντούτοις το ταξίδι στο όρος παραμένει μια περιπέτεια με κατάνυξη
Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos (2 years ago)
Μοναστήρι μέσα στο δάσος. Κτίστηκε από τον Οσιο Φιλόθεο, μαθητή του Αγίου Αθανασίου του Αθωνίτη. Στο μοναστήρι υπάρχει η εικόνα της Παναγίας της Γλυκοφυλούσας και άφθαρτο λείψανο (δεξιά χειρ) του Αγίου Ιωάννου του Χρυσοστόμου. Ενδιαφέρον έχει το Καθολικό (1752) και η εφέστια εικόνα της Παναγίας της Γλυκοφιλούσας.
Alexander Potapov (3 years ago)
Spiritual place. The monastery is close to Karea, the capital of Mount Athos.
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