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MONI AGION TESSARAKONTA (GRT), Monastery, THERAPNES

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MONI AGION TESSARAKONTA Monastery THERAPNES

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  On the road to Chrysafa and about eight kilometers outside Sparti, on an altitude of 400 meters northeast there is the monastery of Agii Tessarakonta Martyres. It was first founded on the 13th century on the mountain of Stamatira (within the of Sofroni) and today only a small chapel remains within a cave where the hagiography bares the signature of the painter Constantine Manassis. Because of the difficult weather conditions as well as various enemy attacks the monks moved into the current new position and built the monastery in 1615. With time an entire monastery center was constructed with the full cooperation and support of the local population who contributed for the erection of the new buildings.
  During the difficult years a "hidden school" operated inside the chapel of Zoodochos Pigi. In 1770 the chapel was blown up. Before the revolution of 1821 the monastery was full of life and it’s wealth was substantial, enough to employ numerous workers for the agricultural activities of the monastery. The money that was gathered from those activities was often used as prisoners’ ransom payment and as a result after the end of the revolution the monastery ended up in financial despair.
  Theodoros Kolokotronis (the head of the revolution and generally believed the father of the new nation) with a letter to the head of the monastery thanked the monks for their support and their contribution to the fight of independence from the Turks.
  The wall paintings that are preserved till today (after the destruction of 1770) were re-painted by the Crete priest and hagiographer Georgios Kalliterakis following the commission of Paisios Zacharopoulos.
  The folklore art gave the temple of the convent in the beginnings of the 19th century. In 1980 the framed painting of the Agii Tessarakonta Martyres, which is dated back to the 13th century, was stolen. Today in the convent are kept various heirlooms and letters, one of which is the letter (a copy to be precise) describing all the privileges of the monastery (which were the main reason why all nearby monasteries wanted to be incorporated with the monastery of Agii Tessarakonta Martyres). Also 82 handwriten documents exist in the the historical registry of Sparti as well as various older books.
  The main chapel of the monastery (the Katholic) is a cross like church with a cupola and honors the memory of the Agii Tessarakonta Martyres (Saint Tessarakonta Martyrs). The monks in the monastery are mainly occupied with hagiography and agriculture.
  The main chapel of the monastery (the Katholic) is structured like a cruciform with a dome (just like Agioritika) and honors the memory of the fallen on the lake Sebastias Tessarakonta Martyres. In addition there are several holly relics of several Saints. The monks nowadays are occupied with agriculture and hagiography.
  There are guestrooms in the convent for the convenience of the visitors. Quite recently with the supervision of the Committee of Byzantine Antiques and with the complete support of the Organization for the Employment of the Work Force, parts of the monastery have been preserved and restored.
  The monastery hosts the student camping associations of the Iera Mitropolis of Monambasia and Sparti. It is indeed worthwhile to attend one of the liturgies in the monastery. Days of festivity are the 9th May (Zoodochos Pigi) and the 9th November (St Nektarios).
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the Municipality of Therapnes URL below, which contains image.

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1991 3

Geographical Data

Type of location: Settlement
Postal Code: 23100
Tel +30 27310
Altitude: 450 meters
Longitude: 22o 28' 44.43" E
Latitude: 37o 07' 00.69" N

Distances:
8 Kilometers Southwest (SW) the prefectural capital SPARTI, Town, LACONIA , GREECE

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