Ιερά Μονή Διονυσίου
External view of the monastery.
|Full name||Holy Monastery of Dionysiou|
|Established||mid 14th century|
|Dedicated to||John the Baptist|
|Prior||Archimandrite Elder Petros|
|Important associated figures||Nicodemus the Hagiorite|
|Location||Mount Athos, Greece|
|Public access||Men only|
Dionysiou Monastery (Greek: Μονή Διονυσίου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece in southwest part of Athos peninsula. The monastery ranks fifth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. It is one of the twenty self-governing monasteries in Athos, and it was dedicated to John the Baptist.
The monastery was founded in the 14th century by Saint Dionysius of Korisos, and it was named after him. It was built in Byzantine style. By the end of the 15th century according to the Russian pilgrim Isaiah, the monastery was Serbian.
The library of the monastery housed 804 manuscripts, and more than 4,000 printed books. The oldest manuscripts came from the 11th century.
Today the monastery has a community of around 50 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.
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