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É. Ì. ×åëáíäáñßïõ - Monastery Chilandar
This is the Serbian monastery.
The ruler of Serbia Stefan Nemania had a son called Rastko. Rastko left secretly his home and became a monk on Mount Athos. As monk he was called Sava. With his father's help he built this monastery. Later his father became a monk too. With the name Symeon. Both became saints. In this monastery there is the tomb of St. Symeon. His relics, however, are in Serbia. The relics of St. Sava were burned by the Turks because of many wonders.
In this monastery there is the famous icon of Panagia Tricherousa.
É. Ì. ÆùãñÜöïõ - Monastery Zografou
This is the Bulgarian monastery.
It was built by three brothers from Ochrid. They couldn't agree on the saint to who to dedicate the monastery. One of them wanted to dedicate it to Panagia, another one to St. Nicholas, and the third brother to St. George. They finally decided to quit the discussion, waiting for a miracle. The other day they found a new painted icon of St. George, so they dedicated it to St. George. And this is why the monastery is called Zografou, i. e. the painter's monastery (zografos = painter).
There are three miracle-working icons of St. George and one of Panagia.
É. Ì. Óßìùíïò ÐÝôñáò - Monastery Simonos...
This monastery was built by a monk named Simon after a vision at this place, on the rock, so it was named Simonos Petras (the monastery of Simon's stone).
Kerasountos, Dafni, 17236, Greece
Only by boat!
Every day there is a boat from Ouranoupoli (Chalkidiki) to Dafni which stops at the following monasteries (or their ports): Chilandar, Zografou, Kastamonitou, Docheiariou, Xenofontos, Panteleimonos. From Dafni there is a smaller boat to the following monasteries: Simonos Petras, Grigoriou, Dionysiou, St. Paul's.