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Monastery Simonos Petras

It takes one hour travelling on foot to reach the abbey f Simonos Petras, which dominates the area. It is built two hundred and thirty meters above sea level on a slope of the wooded mountain.

The blue color of he usually calm sea and the green of the mountain armonize perfectly wih the dark colors of the sea-drenched rocks. The cliff seems as if hanging over the sea, apart from the rest of the mountain. The abbey way up there, looks quite impressive. When the visitor stands on the highest balcony of this seven-story building, he thinks that he’s ravlling over the sea by plane.

On this big and rugged cliff, St. Simeon, guided by a light which was which was sent by God, built his abbey in the middle of the 14th century. It is said that when the abbey was being built, Simeon’s attendant, monk Isaiah, slipped from the high scaffold he was walking on. He rolled down the ravine, but when he reached its bottom, he was standing on his feet. His faith had saved him and that miracle gave the courage to other workers to go on with the work. In 1364, the abbey expanded by the help of Serbia’s King John Uglesi, who sent many treasures with the Supervisor Efthymios, in order to fund the abbey’s building. At the third ritual (1394), of Aghio Oros, it comes in the third place among the twenty-five abbeys. In 1580 and 1626, it was burned down. It was a peculiar abbey until 1801 when it became cenobetic.

Unfortunately, it was completely burned down again 1891, but the monks, under the commands and guidance of abbot Neophytos and with great effort, rebuilt the abbey, and added a new wing.

Apart from the main temple, there are eight chapels in and out of the abbey. Nowadays, the abbey is a cenobetic one and its treasures consists of woods from the Holy-Cross, sacerdotal vestments, amulets, icons and relics of saints.