Osiou Gregoriou monastery

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View of the monastery from sea level.
Osiou Gregoriou monastery is located in Mount Athos
Osiou Gregoriou monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full nameHoly Monastery of Osiou Gregoriou
OrderEcumenical Patriarchate
Dedicated toSaint Nicholas
DioceseMount Athos
Founder(s)Osios Gregorios
PriorArchimandrite Elder Christophoros
Important associated figuresArchimandrite Elder Georgios Kapsanis (d. 2014)
LocationMount Athos, Greece
Coordinates40°10′45″N 24°15′20″E / 40.1793°N 24.2555°E / 40.1793; 24.2555Coordinates: 40°10′45″N 24°15′20″E / 40.1793°N 24.2555°E / 40.1793; 24.2555
Public accessMen only

Osiou Gregoriou monastery (Greek: Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου) is an Orthodox Christian monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. The monastery ranks seventeenth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. The monastery is built by the sea, on the southeastern side of the peninsula. Its close neighbours are Simonospetros and St Pauls Monasteries. Gregoriou is very much a pilgrim friendly monastery with a strong pastoral sense. Pilgrim visitors are high and well provided for. The choir singing is very traditional Byzantine chanting and is one of the highest standards on Mt Athos, with perhaps only Vatopedi outdoing it. When one visits Gregoriou and stays there for a few days one can feel like the monastery is almost completely girt by the sea, built as it is on a corner of land jutting into the sea, with only steep craggy rocks backed up behind it.


It was founded by Saint (Osios) Gregory (Gregorios)[1] and it is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

By the end of the 15th century, according to the Russian pilgrim Isaiah, the monastery was Serb.[2]

In 1990 the monastery had 71 working monks. The monastery holds 279 manuscripts, of which 11 are on parchment, and it has approximately 6,000 printed books.


  1. ^ http://www.mountathos.gr/active.aspx?mode=en{422167f0-7e69-44f8-8614-ea334bb85bb0}View Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 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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