Agiou Pavlou monastery

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Agiou Pavlou
Αγίου Παύλου
Athos Agiou-Pavlou 1998 2.jpg
External view of the monastery.
Agiou Pavlou monastery is located in Mount Athos
Agiou Pavlou monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full name Holy Monastery of Agiou Pavlou
Order Greek Orthodox
Dedicated to Paul the Apostle
Founder(s) Paul of Heropotamou
Prior Archimandrite Elder Parthenius (Mourelatos)
Location Mount Athos
Greece Greece
Coordinates 40°09′40″N 24°17′25″E / 40.1611°N 24.2903°E / 40.1611; 24.2903
Public access Men only

Agiou Pavlou (Saint Paul's) monastery (Greek: Μονή Αγίου Παύλου Romanian: Mănăstirea Sfântul Pavel) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos, located on the easternmost peninsula of Chalkidiki, Greece. The founder of monastery was Saint Paul of Xeropotamou.

Agiou Pavlou monastery.

The monastery is in the western part of the Athos peninsula and its Katholikon (main Church) is dedicated to the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Its feast day is celebrated on 2 February. (Since the monastic community of Mount Athos observes the Julian Calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the civil calendar, 2 February on the Julian Calendar falls on 15 February of the modern Gregorian Calendar.)


Between 1355 and 1365, the Serbian nobleman Antonije Bagaš, together with Nikola Radonja, bought and restored the ruined monastery, becoming its abbott.[1] The restoration of the monastery, supported by Radonja's brothers Vuk Branković and Grgur Branković, marked the beginning of the Serbian period of its history.[2][3] On October 14, 1410, Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković donated Kuzmin to the monastery, as it was the wish of deceased Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović.[4] Russian pilgrim Isaiah confirms that by the end of the 15h century the monastery was Serb.[5]

Porphyrius Uspensky took 12 leaves of the Radoslav Gospel during his visit in October 1845, which according to his opinion were the most valuable and gave them to the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg. The rest of the leaves which remained in the monastery were lost.

The monastery ranks fourteenth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. Its library contains 494 manuscripts, and over 12,000 printed books.

The monastery contains 31 working monks and has two idiorrhythmic sketes (smaller, dependent monastic houses):


  1. ^ Eastern Christianity, p. 160
  2. ^ Recueil de Vardar. Akademija. 2006. p. 5. Герасим је обновио и манас- тир Светог Павла; тако је почео његов српски период. 
  3. ^ Miladin Stevanović; Vuk Branković (srpski velmoža.) (2004). Vuk Branković. Knjiga-komerc. p. 53. ...манастир Светог Павла, који су темељно обновили уз по- моћ браће Вука и Гргура Бранковића 
  4. ^ Zivkovic, Tibor. Charters of the Serbian rulers related to Kosovo and Metochia. pp. 123–124. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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Coordinates: 40°09′40″N 24°17′25″E / 40.16111°N 24.29028°E / 40.16111; 24.29028