Vatopedi Monastery (Athos)

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The '''Monastery of Vatopedi''' is one of twenty monasteries on the [[Mount Athos]] peninsula and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula. It is second in hierarchical rank among the monasteries. The name of Vatopedi is derived from the flora of the surrounding countryside (‘‘vatos'' = shrub, ‘‘pedion'' = plain or ground).  
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The '''Monastery of Vatopedi''' is one of twenty monasteries on the [[Mount Athos]] peninsula and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula. It is second in hierarchical rank among the monasteries. Some sources associate the name of "Vatopedi" with the flora of the surrounding countryside (''vatos'' = shrub, ''pedion'' = plain or ground);<ref>[http://www.chalkidiki.com/athos/vatopedi.html The monastery of Vatopedi]</ref> others point to a traditional story in which Emperor Arcadius built the monastery to honor the saving of his son from shipwreck by the [[Theotokos]]; the child was found in a bush (''vato'' = brier, ''paidi'' = child).<ref>[http://www.mlahanas.de/Greece/Regions/MonasteryOfVatopedi.html Monastery of Vatopedi]</ref>
  
 
The [[monastery]] was founded in 972 by three [[monk]]s: Athanasius, Nicholas, and Antonius, who were students of St. Anthanasius of Lavra. It operates as a coenobium (a monastic community). The major parts of the monastery were constructed either during the Byzantine period or later, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when building reached its peak. The monastery is monumental in size, with a tall wall in which the buildings are placed in triangular form.  
 
The [[monastery]] was founded in 972 by three [[monk]]s: Athanasius, Nicholas, and Antonius, who were students of St. Anthanasius of Lavra. It operates as a coenobium (a monastic community). The major parts of the monastery were constructed either during the Byzantine period or later, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when building reached its peak. The monastery is monumental in size, with a tall wall in which the buildings are placed in triangular form.  
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In addition to many [[relics]], the monastery possesses a library of over 10,000 printed books and about 1,700 manuscripts.
 
In addition to many [[relics]], the monastery possesses a library of over 10,000 printed books and about 1,700 manuscripts.
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==Reference==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/General/intro.html Athos monasteries]
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*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/General/intro.html Athos monasteries]
 
*[http://www.culture.gr/2/21/212/21210a/e212ja02.html Greek Ministry of Culture]
 
*[http://www.culture.gr/2/21/212/21210a/e212ja02.html Greek Ministry of Culture]
 
*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/Monastery/vatopedi.html Macedonian Heritage]
 
*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/Monastery/vatopedi.html Macedonian Heritage]

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Holy Monastery of Vatopedi
Rank or attached monastery Second
Type of community Cenobitic Monastery
Founded 972 by Ss Athanasius, Nicholas and Antonius
Superior Elder Ephraim
Approx. size ~50 monks[1]
Location Northeast
Liturgical language(s) Greek
Music used Byzantine chant
Feastdays celebrated Annunciation

The Monastery of Vatopedi is one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula and is located on the northeastern side of the peninsula. It is second in hierarchical rank among the monasteries. Some sources associate the name of "Vatopedi" with the flora of the surrounding countryside (vatos = shrub, pedion = plain or ground);[2] others point to a traditional story in which Emperor Arcadius built the monastery to honor the saving of his son from shipwreck by the Theotokos; the child was found in a bush (vato = brier, paidi = child).[3]

The monastery was founded in 972 by three monks: Athanasius, Nicholas, and Antonius, who were students of St. Anthanasius of Lavra. It operates as a coenobium (a monastic community). The major parts of the monastery were constructed either during the Byzantine period or later, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when building reached its peak. The monastery is monumental in size, with a tall wall in which the buildings are placed in triangular form.

The katholikon was built in the tenth century in the Athonite style. It is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The katholikon still retains some mosaics from the Byzantine period. There are nineteen chapels in and around the monastery proper, with five within the katholikon. The Greek skete of St. Demetrius and the Russian skete of St. Andrew (Serri) belong to Vatopedi.

In addition to many relics, the monastery possesses a library of over 10,000 printed books and about 1,700 manuscripts.

Reference

  1. Monastery of Vatopedi
  2. The monastery of Vatopedi
  3. Monastery of Vatopedi

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