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Agios Pavlos monastery, Athos

Great Tower of St. Paul Monastery

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Great Tower of St. Paul  Monastery
Saint Paul monastery, Athos mountain
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Mount Athos
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• Agios Pavlos monastery
Elevation ≈ 150 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
Castle Type   Condition

The monastery of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) is situated on the west coast of Athos, 20 min from the sea and is dedicated in the Presentation of Christ to the temple. The monastery was destroyed many times by various causes, and its buildings belong to different periods.

The Katholicon was first built shortly before the mid 10th c and rebuilt between 1839-1844. Its founder was Pavlos Xeropotaminos who had also found the monastery of Xiropotamou.

After the Catalan raids, it was degraded into a kellion, only to become a monastery again in the 3rd quarter of the 14th century. In the 15th c. it was financially supported by Serbian rulers and after the fall of Byzantium, by rulers of eastern Europe. Among the monastery's possessions, are counted portable icons, heirlooms, holy relics and liturgical vessels. The library contains 494 manuscripts and about 12,500 books. The monastery is inhabited by a brotherhood of 30 monks

"Megas Pyrgos" (or great tower) was built in 1522.


  • «Οχυρωματικοί πύργοι του 16ου αιώνα στις Μονές του Αγίου Όρους», Πασχάλης Ανδρούδης, Πρακτικά Στ’ Επιστημονικού Συνεδρίου "ΤΟ ΑΓΙΟΝ ΟΡΟΣ στον 15ο και 16ο ΑΙΩΝΑ", σελ.487, ΑΓΙΟΡΕΙΤΙΚΗ ΕΣΤΙΑ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012
  • The last 2 pictures were sent by Mr. Georgios Antonopoulos

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Road map to Great Tower of St. Paul  Monastery

Approach to the monument:
You can enter Mount Athos only by boat from Ouranoupolis, Nea Roda or Ierissos (one depart per day) to Daphne. From there, you may visit the monasteries by bus or on foot.
The entrance to the monasteries of "Agio Oros" is free, but you need a special permit to visit mount Athos. Women are not allowed in.

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