Monastery of Dionysius of Mount Athos (Agion Oros)
It is located between the monasteries of St. Gregory and St. Paul, on the southwestern side of the peninsula of Athos, built on a vertical cliff that rises above the sea.
It is the fifth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries and built in the mid 14th century by the monk Dionysius from Koryssos of Kastoria and the Emperor Alexios III Komnenos of Trapezounta who contributed it financially.
After the conquest in 1453, the monastery was benefited by several rulers of Moldavia and Wallachia.
Around 1535, it was destroyed by a fire but was rebuilt and since then is remained virtually unchanged in architecture till today.
The main temple (Catholicon - Nativity of St. John the Baptist) was built during the Abbot Matthew’s abbacy, between the years 1537-1547.
The monastery has a large number of chapels, many of which have murals. Inside the monastery lies the defensive tower, built in 1520, which was used to guard the valuable library of the monastery.
Distinguishes the domed chapel of Our Lady of Akathistos with frescoes by the painter Makarios of 1615 - where is the eponymous image of Virgin, a work by Evangelist Luke.
In the cemetery of the monastery is the tomb of St. Niphon, monk of the monastery, Metropolitan of Thessaloniki and later Patriarch of Constantinople.
Five of the seven cells of Dionysius Monastery are located in Karyes, including the cell of Virgin Mary, at Protatos Square.
It also has an additional “kathisma” near the monastery. In a short distance from the Dionysius Monastery, is the seat of the Apostles, in which lived the monk Theocletos Dionysiatis.
The visitor must see the frescoes of Catholicon (1547), as well as the paintings with the famous scenes from the Apocalypse found in the hallway outside the temple and the sanctuary sacristy and the rich historic library of the monastery.
The monastery has one of the most remarkable art collections (mainly small images) and illustrated manuscripts.
For your stay in Halkidiki, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Halkidiki close to Mount Athos, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can access Halkidiki by car through the road network.
The best way to explore the area is to have your own car and is worth to visit places that are not accesible by the local public transport and tours.
Moving around within Halkidiki is made possible by using the bus from Halkidiki, with regular routes between areas.
The airline connection of Halkidiki is via the "Macedonia" airport.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.