The Monastery Moni Koutloumousiou
Probably around 1150 this monastery was founded, although we are not quite sure who was responsible. The Greeks assuming that it was an African monk, as the name implies Koutloumous,"the saint of Ethiopia."

The other possibility would be that Prince Kutlumus founded the monastery. For the first time it is in a deed from the year 1169 mentioned by a certain "Isaias, monk and signed by the abbot of the monastery Kutlumusi".
( Greek-Orthodox; Holiday: 6. August )

So it can be assumed that the monastery is named after him. This could be the time of the founding, the 11th Century.

The monastery initially played a minor role in the Athos. Only later abbot of Imbros Chartiton took it in importance. Because Wallachia, Serbia and Bulgaria gave donations. Until then, it was in the seventeenth place of the then 25 monasteries. Since 1574 it takes in the monastery hierarchy the sixth place.

In 1428 imputed Patriarch Ioseph II (1416-1436) the neighboring monastery Alypiou the abbot of Koutloumousiou. This meant a huge increase of power for the monastery. Noteworthy is that both monasteries for three centuries, more or less were equal.

Later, however, followed the expiration of the monastery. It was temporarily Dionysiou Monastery until 1625 and a Romanian prince learned new donations. In 1857, and 1870, the monastery was the victim of two major fires, which only Katholikon and the library were saved.

However, a magnificent wooden temple and numerous murals from the 16th Century preserved. In the monastery church is an interesting cycle of frescoes from the 18th Century, "the entire spirit world praise the Lord" with goblins, a unicorn, and even a female centaur.

The monastery’s subordinate is the Skit Panteleimonos.


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