Philotheou monastery

Filotheou monastery (Greek: Μονή Φιλοθέου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. It stands on the north-eastern side of the peninsula.

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The monastery
Philotheou monastery is located in Mount Athos
Philotheou monastery
Location within Mount Athos
Monastery information
Full nameHoly Monastery of Philotheou
Establishedend of 10th century
Dedicated toAnnunciation of the Blessed Virgin
DioceseMount Athos
Founder(s)Blessed Philotheus
PriorArchimandrite Elder Nicodemus
Important associated figuresSt Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond; Abbot Dionysios (Blessed Dionysios of Olympus); Cosmas of Aetolia; Elder Efrem of Philotheou (Arizona) (b. 1928)
LocationMount Athos, Greece
Coordinates40°13′32.00″N 24°17′27.00″E / 40.2255556°N 24.2908333°E / 40.2255556; 24.2908333Coordinates: 40°13′32.00″N 24°17′27.00″E / 40.2255556°N 24.2908333°E / 40.2255556; 24.2908333
Visible remainsright hand of St John Chrysostom; piece of the True Cross
Public accessMen only
Other informationIcons: 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.[1]

In 1539-1540 the monastery was renovated with funds from the Georgian kings, Levan of Kakheti and his son Alexander II of Kakheti, frescos of whom are depicted in the refectory.[2]

The library holds 250 manuscripts, and 2500 printed books (of which 500 are in Russian and Romanian).

The monastery contains 60 working monks.

The monastery Philotheou


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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

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