The Monastery of Karakallou (tel. +30 377 61225)

The Monastery of Karakallou This monastery is dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul and it was built on the peninsula's eastern side. It is first mentioned in a document dated 1018.

The Monastery of Karakallou It occupies the eleventh rank in the hierarchical order of the twenty Athonite monasteries. It is inhabited by 19 monks (1990) and also contains 18 kellia.

Its katholikon was built between 1548-1564 and is the usual Athonite plan. Aside from the katholikon, the monastery features seven small chapels and a large tower.

The library includes 279 hand-written codices, chrysobulls, other official documents and 2,500 printed books. Also, the monastery houses a fragment of the True Cross and relics of saints.

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