At the village Aghio
, some fifteen km form the city
at the foothill of Mount
stands the Holy Cross Holy Monastery. The Monastery is built on
the higher slope of a hill, with a panoramic view over the valley and the city
, in a pine wooded area.
Since 1964 proprietors of the Monastery, under the form of a Chapel,
are the inhabitants of the village. The Monastery had no Nuns till the year 1985
but today (1997) it houses three Nuns who with personal efforts have succeeded
in giving the Monastery its present form (Katholikon i.e. main church, Archontariki
i.e. reception room, handicraft exhibition, guest houses, cells). The Monastery
can accommodate up to 10-12 persons. The Hagiographies are all modern except four
icons that date back 100 years. A holy choral service takes place every Sunday.
The feast day of the Monastery is on 14 September to commemorate the Raising of
the Holy Cross.
This text (extract) is cited September 2003 from the Prefecture
of Serres tourist pamphlet.