External view of the monastery.
|Full name||Holy Monastery of Karakallou|
|Established||early 11th century|
|Dedicated to||St. Peter and St. Paul|
|Prior||Archimandrite Elder Philotheus|
|Important associated figures||Prince of Wallachia John-Peter|
|Location||Mount Athos, Greece|
|Visible remains||skull of the Apostle Bartholomew and of St Christopher, and a fragment of the True Cross|
|Public access||Men only|
It was founded in the 11th century. In the 13th century, as a result of the activity of pirates and Latins, Karakallou was totally deserted.
By the end of the 15h century according to the Russian pilgrim Isaiah, the monastery was Albanian.
The monastery was rebuilt in the 16th century.
The monastery ranks eleventh in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries.
The library holds 330 manuscripts, and about 3,000 printed books.
The monastery has 50 working monks.
- A. E. Bakalopulos (1973). History of Macedonia, 1354-1833. [By] A.E. Vacalopoulos. p. 166.
At the end of the 15th century, the Russian pilgrim Isaiah relates that the monks support themselves with various kinds of work including the cultivation of their vineyards....He also tells us that nearly half the monasteries are Slav or Albanian. As Serbian he instances Docheiariou, Grigoriou, Ayiou Pavlou, a monastery near Ayiou Pavlou and dedicated to St. John the Theologian (he no doubt means the monastery of Ayiou Dionysiou), and Chilandariou. Panteleïmon is Russian, Simonopetra is Bulgarian, and Karakallou and Philotheou are Albanian.
- Icons of the Holy Monastery of Karakallou – Official website
- Karakallou monastery at Mount Athos
- Greek Ministry of Culture: Holy Monastery of Karakallou