Xeropotamou Monastery

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Xeropotamou
Ξηροποτάμου
Xeropotamou 6.jpg
Interior of the monastery.
Xeropotamou Monastery is located in Mount Athos
Xeropotamou Monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full nameHoly Monastery of Xeropotamou
OrderEcumenical Patriarchate
Dedicated toForty Martyrs of Sebaste
DioceseMount Athos
People
Founder(s)Alexios; Ioannis; Alexius Comnenus
PriorArchimandrite Elder Josef
Site
LocationMount Athos, Greece
Coordinates40°13′40.54″N 24°13′11.33″E / 40.2279278°N 24.2198139°E / 40.2279278; 24.2198139Coordinates: 40°13′40.54″N 24°13′11.33″E / 40.2279278°N 24.2198139°E / 40.2279278; 24.2198139
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Xeropotamou monastery (Greek: Μονή Ξηροποτάμου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece, in the middle side of peninsula. The monastery ranks eighth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. It was founded in the 10th century, and is dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

Frescoes

Xeropotamou houses numerous relics, the most prominent being the largest extant piece of the True Cross. For this reason, the monastery also celebrates a patronal feastday on September 14, the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

The library contains 409 manuscripts, and about 600 printed books. Today the monastery has about 25 monks.

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