The monastery at dawn.
|Full name||Holy Monastery of Philotheou|
|Established||end of 10th century|
|Dedicated to||Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin|
|Prior||Archimandrite Elder Nicodemus|
|Important associated figures||St Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond; Abbot Dionysios (Blessed Dionysios of Olympus); Cosmas of Aetolia; Elder Efrem of Philotheou (Arizona) (b. 1928)|
|Location||Mount Athos, Greece|
|Visible remains||right hand of St John Chrysostom; piece of the True Cross|
|Public access||Men only|
|Other information||Icons: Our Lady Glykophilousa; Lady Gerontissa|
It was founded by the Blessed Philotheus, in the end of the 10th century. The monastery ranks twelfth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries.
By the end of the 15th century, according to the Russian pilgrim Isaiah, the monastery was Albanian.
The library holds 250 manuscripts, and 2500 printed books (of which 500 are in Russian and Romanian).
The monastery contains 60 working 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.
- Speros Vryonis, Jr., Henrik Birnbaum, Byzantine Studies: Essays on the Slavic World and the Eleventh Century, Aristide d Caratzas Pub, Jan 1, 1992, p. 93