The kanstresios (Greek: κανστρήσιος) was an official of the Orthodox patriarchate of Constantinople during the Byzantine Empire. Ranked between a protonotarios and a referendarios, he supervised offerings.[1]

Those who have held the post include Manuel Dishypatos of the order of the Levites (probably to be identified with Manuel Opsaras Dishypatos, Metropolitan of Thessaloniki from 1258)[2] and Demetrios Chloros (14th century).

The title is not to be confused with the kastresios, which was a court office related to the provisioning of the palace and the imperial table, usually held by eunuchs.


  1. ^ André Guillou, "Functionaries," in The Byzantines, edited by Guglielmo Cavallo (University of Chicago Press, 1997), p. 212 online.
  2. ^ Maria Vasilakê, Images of the Mother of God: Perceptions of the Theotokos in Byzantium (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2005), p. 268 online.