Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ

Μονη Σωτήρος ΣκόπελοςAccording to archeological research, the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ(Metamorphosis Sotiros) is one of the oldest monasteries on the island and appears to have been constructed at the end of the 15th – beginning of the 16th century.

The monastery’s iconostasis is indicative of the Athonite architecture, while in its interior, you will be awed by the 16th-century iconostasis with its floral and foliate decoration. It is remarkable that the monastery’s icons also date back to the same period, and severalof them are of great value, having been crafted by the famous Byzantine hagiographer, Agorastos.

According to archeological sources, in 1821, monks of Mount Athos carrying valuable heirlooms to protect them from being destroyed by the Ottomans found shelter in thismonastery. It is worth visiting the monastery on a Sunday or feast days to observe the unique solemn Divine Liturgy. If you find yourself on the island on August 15th (Dormition of the Mother of God), you will have the opportunity to observe the mass and listen to the Paracletic Canon being chanted in honor of the Virgin Mary. The monastery’s feast day is celebrated on the 6th of August.