Karyes, Mount Athos

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Mount Athos administration building
Mount Athos administration building
Karyes is located in Greece
Coordinates: 40°15.429′N 24°14.698833′E / 40.257150°N 24.244980550°E / 40.257150; 24.244980550Coordinates: 40°15.429′N 24°14.698833′E / 40.257150°N 24.244980550°E / 40.257150; 24.244980550
Country Greece
Administrative region Mount Athos
Population (2001)[1]
 • Rural 233
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Karyes (Greek: Καρυές) is a settlement in Mount Athos. It is the seat of the clerical and secular administration of the Athonite monastic state. The 2001 Greek census reported a population of 233 inhabitants. It is the largest settlement in Mount Athos.

The major church at Karyes is the Protaton, which is the church of the Protos, or president of the monastic community.


Serbian Bishop Saint Sava built a church and cell (kelia) at Karyes, where he stayed for some years, becoming a Hieromonk, then an Archimandrite in 1201. He wrote the Karyes Typicon during his stay there, and a marble inscription of his work still exists.[2] In 1219 Sava becomes the first Archbishop of Serbia.[2]

In the year 1283, Latin Crusaders during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Michael Paleologos, attacked Mount Athos. They tortured and hanged the Protos, and sacked the Protaton, murdering many of the monks. These monks are commemorated as martyrs by the Orthodox Church on December 5 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, December 5 falls on December 18 of the Gregorian Calendar).


  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ a b Đuro Šurmin, Povjest književnosti hrvatske i srpske, 1808, p. 229

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