Xeropotamou Monastery

Coordinates: 40°13′40.54″N 24°13′11.33″E / 40.2279278°N 24.2198139°E / 40.2279278; 24.2198139
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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
Founder(s)Alexios; Ioannis; Alexius Comnenus
PriorArchimandrite Elder Josef
LocationMount Athos, Greece
Coordinates40°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.[1] 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.


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.

Xeropotamou Bridge

The name Xeropotamou, literally "of the dry river", refers to the ephemeral stream running near the monastery, which is a stony brook that dries up in the dry season. The brook is crossed by Xeropotamou Bridge [bg] (Greek: Γεφύρι Στην Ιερά Μονή Ξηροποτάμους), which connects Xeropotamou Monastery with St. Panteleimon Monastery.


  1. ^ Speake, Graham (2014). Mount Athos: renewal in paradise. Limni, Evia, Greece: Denise Harvey. ISBN 978-960-7120-34-2. OCLC 903320491.

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