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The Holy Monastery of Pantokrator. A Pilgrim's Guide

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Paschalidis Symeon

The Holy Monastery of Pantokrator.
A Pilgrim's Guide

The author, an assistant professor at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, writes in his introduction that ‘it is the aim of this guide, and it is our hope, that pilgrims and readers will be introduced to the life and the spirit of the monastic tradition that our monastery has humbly served over the centuries.’


English Language

Size: 14x21
Pages: 219
ISBN: 960862584X



ABBOTS FOREWORD 9
  INTRODUCTION 11

A.

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND HISTORY
 
1. Location and Origin of the Monastery's Name 15
2. Foundation-Trie Monastery in the Byzantine Period 19
a. The Founders 21
b. The Monastery in the Byzantine Period 25
3. The Monastery under Ottoman Rule 29
4. Recent History of the Monastery 41
5. The Reversion of the Monastery to a Coenobium 44

B.

THE BUILDING COMPLEX
 
1. Overall View - Architecture 51
2. The Katholikon 65
a. The nave 66
b. The Sanctuary 74
c. The Esonarthex (Lite) 81
d. The Chapel of the Dormition of the Theotokos 87
e. The Tomb of the Founders 89
3. The Tower 93
4. The Refectory 98
5. Chapels Inside and Outside the Precinct 106

C.

ART - TREASURES
 
1. The Murals of the Katholikon 111
2. The Portable Icons 117
3. The Library 127
4. The Archive 139
5. The Treasury 143

D.

THE MONASTERY'S WIDER REACH - THE METOCHIA
 
1. Estates on Mount Athos 151
2. The Settlement of Kapsala 157
3. The Skete of Prophet Elijah 165
4. The Estates outside Mount Athos 168

E.

SAINTS, SACRED RELICS AND FEAST DAYS
 
1. The Monastery's Saints 179
2. Sacred Relics 189
3. Feast Days 195

F.

THE MONASTERY'S SCHOLARS

197
 
LIST OF ABBOTS, PROHEGOUMENI AND SACRISTANS OF THE MONASTERY

204
 
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

207
 
GLOSSARY

213




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