Monastery of Osios Meletios Kithairona

Monastery of Osios Meletios Kithairona Monastery of Osios Meletios Kithairona

At the foothills of Kithairon, at a beautiful location filled with pine trees, is the Monastery of Osios Meletios, one of the most important centres of ascetic life during the Byzantine period.

The history of the monastery is closely related to the activity of Osios Meletios the Younger who was the reformer of ascetic life in Greece. The monastery became famous and continued to flourish until the 16th century, when it was renovated by the Metropolitan of Athens Nicanor. In 1928 it was re-founded by the Archbishop of Athens and in 1950 it changed into a women’s monastery community.

At the monastery there are interesting modern and Byzantine buildings, which stand out due to their sculpture and painting decoration, while the tomb of Osios Meletios is located in an underground crypt. The monastery celebrates on September 1st.

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