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Monastery of Vatopedi 


Monastery of Vatopedi

The Abbey was built in the second half of the 10th century from three monks: Athanassios, Nikolaos and Antonios, that came from Adrianoupoli and served as students of Saint Athanassios from Lavra. Buildings were built in all the seasons, until the 19th century, but particularly important were the buildings of Byzantine years, of the 18th and 19th century, when the Abbey had its biggest flourish.
It is a big monumental unit that is surrounded by a high wall and buildings organised in form of a triangle. In the spacious courtyard are found the central temple, the lunchroom and lots of chapels. In the central temple are saved the unique enwalled mosaics that exist in the Saint Mountain, while its murals, painted in 1312, are attributed to the renowned Emmanouil Panselino from Chalkidiki.
The Abbey is dwelled today by about 50 monks and at this period there is a big construction development so that the big buildings get restored.
Apart from the murals and the mosaics, the Abbey has a big number of portable icons, manuscripts and holy items of unique value. It is open for all the scientists of the world in all the sectors, provided that first there is an agreement with the Abbey and the 10th revenue service of Byzantine Antiquities.

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