Day trip to the Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner at Serres (I)


ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LIFE

timios1.jpg The Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner is 7 miles away from the city of Serres, in Northern Greece. The monastery was founded by Saint Ioannikios, an athonite monk, at the end of the 13th Century.

A photo gallery of a day of blessed fellowship with friends, which were spiritual children of + Elder Eusebios Vittis . Memory Eternal +

timios2.jpg The Serbian armies partially destroyed the monastery in 1345.

timios3.jpg Saint Gennadius Scholarius, Patriarch of Constantinople, retired here between 1457 and 1462. The school of the Monastery was famous and the library was so rich in manuscripts that the monastery was called “of the Grammarians”.

timios4.jpg In 1917, the Bulgarian Army pillaged the monastery, stealing over 200 manuscripts, 1800 old printed books and other treasures, now found in museums all over Europe.

timios5.jpg After the Second World War, the monastery became deserted. It got repopulated by nuns in 1986. In 2010, part of it…

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