The monastery of Xeropotamou

Xeropotamou monastery the monastery Xeropotamou The Xeropotamou monastery is dedicated to the memory of the Forty Martyrs and is eighth in the hierarchy. According to tradition it was founded by the empress Pulcheria (A.D. 450-457). It is more likely however that it was founded by hosios Pavlos Xeropotamenos, a rival of saint Athanasios, shortly after monks first came to the Great Lavra. Amongst the benefactors of the monastery were the Palaiologoi and the kings of Serbia and, during the Tourkokratia, sultan Selim I. The monastery suffered badly from raids and fires in the l6th and l7th centuries A.D., and modern times have not been particularly kind to it.

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