It is a Convent for nuns. It is situated in the side of a hill full
of pine trees in the area of Markopoulo of Oropos, two km on West of Amphiareion
having a beautiful view to the Euvoikos sea and to the island of Euvoia,
being 4 km. far away from Athens
city - center. It was founded in 1971. The abbess of the monastery is Nymphodora
The brotherhood numbers 18 nuns, who have graduated from higher Institutions
(doctors, philologists, theologians, etc.). They cultivate the Byzantine Painting
and they create beautiful portable icons, as well as handicrafts sold in the exhibition
- room of the monastery. There is also a health center in the monastery, which
provides free medical care for the locals. It also maintains a school teaching
Byzantine music and painting, ancient Greek and French.
The catholicon is a nice and magnificent church of the cross - shaped
type with five domes with a capacity of 300 persons. It is dedicated to the Presentation
of the Virgin Mary and celebrates on 21 November. Many nice gardens exist close
to the buildings, so the monastery has been called "the monastery with the roses".
It has the blessing to hold the holy relics of St. John Chrysostome,
St. Charalambos, St. Tryphon, St. Panteleimon and St. Paraskevi, as well as the
icon the Mary giving birth brought from Asia Minor, who have performed many miracles
to women incapable of giving birth. Without doubts, it is one of the most known
monasteries of the Holy Metropolis of Attica.
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