Monastery of Xeropotamos of Mount Athos (Agion Oros)
Beautiful and majestic monastery, which stands in a very nice location on the western side of the peninsula just over Daphne within 45 minutes walk. It is the eighth in the hierarchy of Athonite monasteries.
The Monastery of Xeropotamos, at delivery, was founded by the monk Paul Xiropotaminos, who stayed there in the late 10th century.
It is dedicated to the 40 Martyrs (March 9) and has owned several important relics.
One of them that worth seeing is the piece of the True Cross, which is the largest in the world with a width of 16 cm, length 31 and 25 cm thick. There, it is also stored a part of the gifts by the 3 Magicians during their visit to Bethlehemfor the Nativity of the Lord, and some parts of the Crucifixion, like a piece of the crown of thorns, of the sponge and of the cloak.
It also features many shrines, in where are kept relics of sixty-one Saints. Of great interest are also the precious frescoes dating from 1783.
The monastery has a total of 16 chapels. Inside the monastery are 7 and 5 of them are having holy icons. The most famous chapels are those of the Archangels and Sts. Constantine and Helen.
The cemetery of the monastery is dedicated to All Saints.
The manpower of the monastery is about 25 monks.
Outside the monastery, to the east, lie the four cells, of Ascension (formerly Transfiguration), of the Nativity of John the Baptist, of the Assumption and of St. Athanasius and of St. Demetrius in Karyes.
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.