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Monastery of the Virgin at Markopoulo of Oropos

Last Update: Jun 2003
(Est. 1971)
Tel.: +30 22950 32501, 30231 , Fax: +30 22950 32282

Monastery of the Virgin at Markopoulo of Oropos - Overview

  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 Stranga.
  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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