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Panachrantos Monastery (Andros, Greece)

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The [[Image:St._Panteleimon'''Panachrantos Monastery of Andros''' is the most beautiful on the island. It can only be reached by a footpath from the village of Fallika or from the asphalt road which starts from Mesa Bounis_Holy_Skull_and_Icon_-_Moni_Panachrantou_Andros. jpg|thumbnail|right|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 Skull and which is also still kept at the monastery. This monastery also houses the sacred skull Icon of St. [[Panteleimonthe Greatmartyr and Unmercenary, Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece]][[Image:Moni_Panachrantou. jpg‎|thumbnail|right|The monastery celebrates [[July 27]] and [[August 15dome of the Katholikon of Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece]].
==See 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]]* St. The monastery celebrates [[PanteleimonJuly 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 [[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.
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. [[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>[ Ιερός Ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου] (Greek)</ref><ref>[ 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.
*[ Monastery of Panachrantos or Agios Panteleimon]
*[ Panachradou]
==External links==
*[ Panachrantos Monastery, Andros Island, Cyclades] (photograph)
*[ Greek site with pictures and info about Panachrantou Monastery, Andros]
[[Category:Greek Monasteries]]

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