Athanasius II (Pattelarus) of Constantinople

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Athanasius II (Pattelarus) of Constantinople was the Patriarch of Constantinople of the Church of Constantinople from 1450 to 1453. He was the last Patriarch before the fall of Constantinople to Sultan Mehmed II and the Ottoman Turks which ended the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.

Life

Little is known about Athanasius other than that he was born in Crete early in the fifteenth century. He was elected patriarch of Constantinople in 1450, succeeding the deposed Gregory III, as the Ottoman Turks prepared for their successful attack on the city. Escaping from the fallen Constantinople, he retired to Mount Athos where he settled into a monastic house on the site of the old Monastery of Xistrou that he dedicated to St. Anthony the Great.

At a later date he left Athos for a monastery in Ukraine where he reposed at an unknown date.

His cell at Mt. Athos eventually became the base on which the Skete of St. Andrew, a dependency of the Monastery of Vatopedi, was founded.

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Athanasius II (Pattelarus) of Constantinople
Preceded by:
Gregory III Mammas
Patriarch of Constantinople
1450-1453
Succeeded by:
Gennadius Scholarius
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