The Monastery Moni Vatopedio
The largest monastery of the monk's Republic was founded at 972 to 985. This will be clear that in the first Typikon of 972 is not mentioned in a document but from the year 985, however, is listed first in writing.

The name of the monastery comes from the two words "Vatos" (bramble) and "Pedion" (level). Because actually this location has numerous brambles vegetation.
(Greek-Orthodox; Holiday: 25. March )

A pious legend says that the name has another root and came much earlier (late 4th century): In the case of a shipwreck near the Athos, Arkadios was the son of Emperor Theodosius I. (379-395 ), not drowned, but miraculously washed ashore, directly next to a bramble. "Vatos" together with a "paidion" (child) is therefore "the child from the bramble."

Already in the second Typikon of Athos in the year 1045 it will be in the hierarchy of the monasteries in the second place. Keeps this position until today. Accordingly, there must be a fairly high level of importance in those years because it was temporarily up to 300 monks inhabited. The church is the proclamation of Mary.

It is located on the east coast and impresses with a tower with battlements and a nearly 200-meter long water front of the triangular complex, which somehow remembers a medieval town. About the Founder we don’t know much. In Katholikon is, however, a mosaic with an inscription that Hegumenos Ioannikios of Vatopedi called as founder.

Indeed, an abbot with this name traveled as an emissary of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118). Probably Ioannikios is the builder of the monastery church, but not the founder of the monastery. It has about 2,000 old manuscripts and some 10,000 precious books and nearly 30,000 other printings.

In the church of the monastery, are monumental mosaics from the 11th and 12 Century and frescoes from the 14th and 15 Century to admire. In a chapel is the belt of the Mother of God and also kept one of the most important relics of Athos. The treasure chest contains a piece of cane, with the vinegar soaked sponge touched the crucified Jesus.

Here we shall not be - as usual on the Athos - after Julian, but according to our Gregorian calendar.

The monastery’s subordinates are the Skitest Agiu Andreu and Agiu Dimitriu.



01. Moni Megistis Lavra greek-orthodox

02. Moni Vatopediou greek-orthodox

03. Moni Iviron greek-orthodox

04. Moni Chilandariou serbian-orthodox

05. Moni Dionysiou greek-orthodox

06. Moni Koutloumousiou greek-orthodox

07. Moni Pandokratoros greek-orthodox

08. Moni Xiropotamou greek-orthodox

09. Moni Zografou bulgarian-orthodox

10. Moni Dochiariou greek-orthodox

11. Moni Karakalou greek-orthodox

12. Moni Philotheo greek-orthodox

13. Moni Simonos Petras greek-orthodox

14. Moni Agiou Pavlou greek-orthodox

15. Moni Stavronikita greek-orthodox

16. Moni Xenofondos greek-orthodox

17. Moni Osiou Grigoriou greek-orthodox

18. Moni Esfigmenou greek-orthodox

19. Moni Agiou Panteleimonos russ.-orthodox

20. Moni Konstamonitou greek-orthodox