Panachrantos Monastery (Andros, Greece)

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The '''Panachrantos Monastery of Andros''' is the most beautiful on the island of [[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 Saint Luke and which is also still kept at the monastery. This monastery also houses the sacred skull of St. [[Panteleimon]]. The monastery celebrates [[July 27]] and [[August 15]].
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[[Image:St._Panteleimon's_Holy_Skull_and_Icon_-_Moni_Panachrantou_Andros.jpg|thumbnail|right|The Holy Skull and Icon of St. Panteleimon the Greatmartyr and Unmercenary, Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece]]
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[[Image:Moni_Panachrantou.jpg‎|thumbnail|right|The dome of the Katholikon of Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece]]
  
==See also==
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The '''Panachrantos Monastery of Andros''' (also ''Monastery of St. Panteleimon'') is located on the Greek island of [[Metropolis of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, and Milos‎|Andros]] in the Aegean Sea, an island of the Cyclades. "Panachrantos" refers to the monastery's dedication to the "Immaculate" [[Theotokos]]. The monastery celebrates [[July 27]] and [[August 15]].
* [[Metropolis of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, and Milos‎]]
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* St. [[Panteleimon]]
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The establishment of the monastery is attributed to Stragegos (General) [[Nicephorus II Phocas]] in the tenth century, who subsequently became emperor of the Eastern Roman empire (ruled 963 to 969). By legend, two [[monk]]s, promising to pray for his victory, asked Nikephoros for financial 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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According to tradition, the monastery was built in a place shown by the [[icon]] of the Holy Mother (Panachrantos). The icon is attributed to St. [[Apostle Luke|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]].<ref>[http://www.im-syrou.gr/nisia/andros/enories/nikolaos_ormoskorthiou/index.htm Ιερός Ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου] (Greek)</ref><ref>[http://www.indigoguide.com/greece/andros-day-trips.htm Andros Day Trips Greece - Greek Travel]</ref> 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.
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==References==
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==Sources==
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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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==External links==
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*[http://kathfeatherstone.turnpiece.net/image/6389  Panachrantos Monastery, Andros Island, Cyclades] (photograph)
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*[http://clubs.pathfinder.gr/panaxrantos_andros/40148 Greek site with pictures and info about Panachrantou Monastery, Andros]
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Latest revision as of 13:14, February 15, 2011

The Holy Skull and Icon of St. Panteleimon the Greatmartyr and Unmercenary, Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece
The dome of the Katholikon of Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece

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 celebrates July 27 and August 15.

The establishment of the monastery is attributed to Stragegos (General) Nicephorus II Phocas in the tenth century, who subsequently became emperor of the Eastern Roman empire (ruled 963 to 969). By legend, two monks, promising to pray for his victory, asked Nikephoros for financial 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.

According to tradition, the monastery was built in a place shown by the icon of the Holy Mother (Panachrantos). The icon is attributed to 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.[1][2] 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.

References

  1. Ιερός Ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου (Greek)
  2. Andros Day Trips Greece - Greek Travel

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