Karakallou Monastery

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Karakallou Monastery
Μονή Καρακάλλου
External view of the monastery.
Karakallou Monastery is located in Mount Athos
Karakallou Monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full name Holy Monastery of Karakallou
Established early 11th century
Dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul
Diocese Mount Athos
Founder(s) Elder Karakalas
Prior Archimandrite Elder Philotheus
Important associated figures Prince of Wallachia John-Peter
Location Mount Athos, Greece
Coordinates 40°13′26″N 24°18′30″E / 40.2239°N 24.3083°E / 40.2239; 24.3083Coordinates: 40°13′26″N 24°18′30″E / 40.2239°N 24.3083°E / 40.2239; 24.3083
Visible remains skull of the Apostle Bartholomew and of St Christopher, and a fragment of the True Cross
Public access Men only

The Karakallou Monastery (Greek: Μονή Καρακάλλου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. It stands on the south-eastern side of the peninsula and ranks eleventh in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. The monastery has 50 working monks, and its library holds 330 manuscripts, and about 3,000 printed books.


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.[1] The monastery was rebuilt in the 16th century by Moldavian voievod Peter IV Rareș.


  1. ^ 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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