The Skete is situated in a forested area, between the monasteries of Vatopedi and Pantokrator. It is inhabited by Bulgarian monks and it follows the coenobitic way of monastic life. The complex became a skete in 1818 and today has a main church and secondary chapel.
Bogoroditsa lies on the site of the pre-existing monastery of Xylourgos. Xylourgos (meaning Carpenter) had been a fully, independent Russian community known from as early as 1020. The majority of the community moved in 1169 to the Monastery of St. Panteleimon, but Xylourgos continued to thrive through the 11th and 12th century
- The Skete of Bogoroditsa.
- Mount Athos Info.
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- Patriarch Kirill’s Ministry in Photographs.
- Rosemary Morris, Monks and Laymen in Byzantium, 843-1118 (Cambridge University Press, 2003) page 233.
- Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image Before the Era of Art (University of Chicago Press, 1994) page 524.
- The sketae - Mount Athos.