Osiou Gregoriou monastery
View of the monastery from sea level.
|Full name||Holy Monastery of Osiou Gregoriou|
|Dedicated to||Saint Nicholas|
|Prior||Archimandrite Elder Christophoros|
|Important associated figures||Archimandrite Elder Georgios Kapsanis (d. 2014)|
|Location||Mount Athos, Greece|
|Public access||Men 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. It's 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.
By the end of the 15h century, according to the Russian pilgrim Isaiah, the monastery was Serb.
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.
- 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.