Panachrantos Monastery (Andros, Greece)

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The '''Panachrantos Monastery''' (also ''Monastery of St. Panteleimon'') is the most beautiful on the island of [[Metropolis of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, and Milos‎|Andros]]. "Panachrantos" refers to the monastery's dedication to the "Immaculate" [[Theotokos]].
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The '''Panachrantos Monastery of Andros''' (also ''Monastery of St. Panteleimon'') is located on the Greek island of Andros in the Aegean Sea, an island of the Cyclades. "Panachrantos" refers to the monastery's dedication to the "Immaculate" [[Theotokos]]. The monastery is within the [[Metropolis of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, and Milos‎|Andros]].  
  
It can only be reached by a footpath from the village of Fallika or from the asphalt road which starts from Mesa Bouni. The [[monastery]] is built perched on the side of Mount Katafigio with the village of Messaria in the distance and surrounded by verdant villages, Hora, and the Aegean sea. It is built like a Byzantine fortress and is surrounded by a strong wall. Tradition says it was built about 1000 years ago in a place shown by the [[icon]] of the Holy Mother, which is attributed to the work of St. [[Apostle Luke|Luke]] and which is also still kept at the monastery. This monastery also houses the sacred [[relics|skull]] of St. [[Panteleimon]].<ref>[http://www.indigoguide.com/greece/andros-day-trips.htm Andros Day Trips Greece - Greek Travel]</ref> The monastery celebrates [[July 27]] and [[August 15]].
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The establishment of the monastery is attributed to Stragegos (General) Nikephoros Phokas in the tenth century, who subsequently became emperor ([[Nikephoros II Phokas]], ruled 963 to 969) of the Eastern Roman empire. By legend, two [[monk]]s, promising to pray for his victory, asked Nikephoros for financial help aid when he stopped on the island on his way to battle in Crete. He agreed and promised aid for them to build a monastery provided he was victorious. With his victory, he fulfilled his promise.
  
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The [[monastery]] is located in the Geronakas mountainous area high on the side of Mount Katafigio at an elevation of about 2,500 feet  (750 meters). Surrounded by a strong wall, the monastery appears like a "[[Byzantine]]" fortress. The site provides an exceptional view of Chora and the surrounding area.
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By tradition, the monastery is said to have been built in a place shown by the [[icon]] of the Holy Mother (Panachrantos). The icon is attributed to be the work of [[Apostle Luke|St Luke]]. The icon is still kept at the monastery on a stand next to the southern door to the [[altar]] of the main [[church]] of the monastery. This monastery also possesses the [[relics|relic]] skull of St. [[Panteleimon]]. The relic and an icon of Panteleimon stand next the Panachrantos and are the pride of the monastery as well as the island of Andros. The monastery celebrates [[July 27]] and [[August 15]].
*[http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/andros/andros-churches.htm Monastery of Panachrantos or Agios Panteleimon]
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*[http://www.holidaywizard.co.uk/seeinsidebrochure/Explore_Worldwide-2008..09/Greece,-Cyprus-&-Turkey/Greece/page_67 Andros - Blessed by Water]
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*[http://kathfeatherstone.turnpiece.net/image/6389 Panachrantos Monastery, Andros Island, Cyclades] (photograph)
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*[http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/andros/andros-churches.htm  Monastery of Panachrantos or Agios Panteleimon]
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*[http://www.androscyclades.com/Ag-Sotiros/Zoodochou-Pighis/Panachradou/panachradou.html  Panachradou]
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*[http://kathfeatherstone.turnpiece.net/image/6389  Panachrantos Monastery, Andros Island, Cyclades] (photograph)
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Revision as of 12:15, July 1, 2008

The Panachrantos Monastery of Andros (also Monastery of St. Panteleimon) is located on the Greek island of Andros in the Aegean Sea, an island of the Cyclades. "Panachrantos" refers to the monastery's dedication to the "Immaculate" Theotokos. The monastery is within the Andros.

The establishment of the monastery is attributed to Stragegos (General) Nikephoros Phokas in the tenth century, who subsequently became emperor (Nikephoros II Phokas, ruled 963 to 969) of the Eastern Roman empire. By legend, two monks, promising to pray for his victory, asked Nikephoros for financial help aid when he stopped on the island on his way to battle in Crete. He agreed and promised aid for them to build a monastery provided he was victorious. With his victory, he fulfilled his promise.

The monastery is located in the Geronakas mountainous area high on the side of Mount Katafigio at an elevation of about 2,500 feet (750 meters). Surrounded by a strong wall, the monastery appears like a "Byzantine" fortress. The site provides an exceptional view of Chora and the surrounding area.

By tradition, the monastery is said to have been built in a place shown by the icon of the Holy Mother (Panachrantos). The icon is attributed to be the work of St Luke. The icon is still kept at the monastery on a stand next to the southern door to the altar of the main church of the monastery. This monastery also possesses the relic skull of St. Panteleimon. The relic and an icon of Panteleimon stand next the Panachrantos and are the pride of the monastery as well as the island of Andros. The monastery celebrates July 27 and August 15.

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