Iviron monastery

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ივერთა მონასტერი
Iviron monastery
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External view of the monastery.
Iviron monastery is located in Mount Athos
Iviron monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full name Holy Monastery of Iviron
Order formerly Georgian Orthodox Church
now Patriarchate of Constantinople
Established between 980-983 AD
Dedicated to Dormition of the Theotokos
Founder(s) John the Iberian and Tornikios
Prior Archimandrite Elder Nathanael
Important associated figures George of Athos, Tornikios, John the Iberian, Euthymius of Athos
Location Greece Mount Athos, Greece
Coordinates 40°14′44″N 24°17′05″E / 40.2455°N 24.2848°E / 40.2455; 24.2848
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Holy Monastery of Iviron or Iveron (Georgian: ივერთა მონასტერი; Greek: Μονή Ιβήρων) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. The monastery was built by Georgians under the supervision of two Georgian monks, John the Iberian and Tornikios between 980-983 AD and housed Georgian clergy and priests.[1]

The monastery ranks third in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. The library of Iviron monastery contains 2000 manuscripts, 15 liturgical scrolls, and 20,000 books, most of which are in Georgian, Greek, Hebrew and Latin.

Iveron literally means "Of the Iberians" in Greek. The name Iviron originated from the ancient Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Iveria) where the master architect of the monastery Ioannes was from.

The monastery has the relics of more canonized saints than any other on Mount Athos. The Panagia Portaitissa, a famous 9th century icon, is also located at Iviron.

The monastery has about 30 working monks and novices, none of whom are Georgian. However, there are forty or so Georgian hermits living in hermitages near the monastery.

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  1. ^ The mind of the Orthodox Church, Vlachos, Hierotheos.