Xeropotamou Monastery

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Xeropotamou
Ξηροποτάμου
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External view of the monastery.
Xeropotamou Monastery is located in Mount Athos
Xeropotamou Monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full name Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou
Order Ecumenical Patriarchate
Dedicated to Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
Diocese Mount Athos
People
Founder(s) Alexios; Ioannis; Alexius Comnenus
Prior Archimandrite Elder Josef
Site
Location Mount Athos, Greece
Coordinates 40°13′40″N 24°13′11″E / 40.2279°N 24.2198°E / 40.2279; 24.2198
Public access Men only

Xeropotamou monastery (Greek: Μονή Ξηροποτάμου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece, in the middle side of peninsula. The monastery ranks eighth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. It was founded in the 10th century, and is dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

Xeropotamou houses numerous relics, the most prominent being the largest extant piece of the True Cross. For this reason, the monastery also celebrates a patronal feastday on September 14th, the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

The library contains 409 manuscripts, and about 600 printed books. Today the monastery has about 25 monks.

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Coordinates: 40°13′40.54″N 24°13′11.33″E / 40.2279278°N 24.2198139°E / 40.2279278; 24.2198139