The Monastery Moni Iviron
The monastery is located closest to the capital caries. Therefore it's no surprise that it has many visits by pilgrims. It is situated in a beautiful location directly on the east coast.

Its foundation goes back to around 980 to Ioannes Tornikios. This was a dignitary at the court of the Georgian prince of David Tao, before he goes on the Holy Mountain, where he met Athonites Athanasios.
( Greek-Orthodox; Holiday: 15. August )

At 978 he led a successful diplomatic mission to the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976-1025). As thanks he received from the Emperor a privilege certificate and money and the permission for the construction of the monastery.

First, come Georgian monks and their patrons from home with wealth and prosperity to the monastery and then attracted more and more Greek brothers. In the 14th Century, the Greeks against the Georgians were the majority. Today the monastery is entirely inhabited by Greek monks, after the last Georgian died in 1955.

The monastery is home to an extremely valuable treasure, as the largest library of Athos is evaluated. These are quite a few manuscripts from the 13th Century as well as irreplaceable Venetian first prints of Greek classics from the 15th Century.

In the treasury are numerous relics. The right hand of the Father Basilios of Caesarea (the Great), as well as various chalices and crosses. In the chapel Portaissa are also some interesting frescoes from the 17th Century. These shows some people of pagan antiquity, as the wise and worldly predecessor of Christianity are presented.

These include Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Darius, Plato, Sophocles and Thucydides. Similarly, at the entrance of the chapel, dedicated to the Blessed Mother is one of the most important icons of Athos: The Panagia Portaissa, the "Mother of God of the gate."

A legend says that the destructiveness Emperor Theophilos (829-842) thrown it into the sea and it was flushed on the beach of Athos. The monk Gabriel had the divine vision to bring the icon into the sanctum of the monastery church. But then it disappeared three times as a ghost and found at the entrance of the church again.

Ultimately the monks get tired and it always returned, so today it is at the entrance of the chapel. Especially as a divine voice from the picture of grace to them: "I'm here to watch for you, not for you to watch me."

The monastery’s subordinate is the Skit Timiu Prodromu.



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