Great Lavra Monastery

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The Monastery of Great Lavra (Greek: Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας) is the first monastery built on Mount Athos. It is located on the southeastern foot of the Mount at an elevation of 160 metres (170 yd). The founding of the monastery in AD 963 by Athanasius the Athonite marks the beginning of the organized monastic life at Mount Athos

The library of the monastery is located behind the main church. It contains 2,116 Greek manuscripts and 165 codices. Among them uncial manuscripts of the New Testament: Codex Coislinianus, Codex Athous Lavrensis, Uncial 049, Uncial 0167, and minuscules 1073, 1505, 2524, 1519. There are also over 20,000 printed books, and about 100 manuscripts in other languages. The collection is one of the richest collections of Greek manuscripts in the world.

Library of Congress

Notable monks
Athanasius the Athonite
Gregory Palamas
Theophanes the Cretam (painter)
Ioannis Koukouzelis
Theophanes the Cretan (Θεοφάνης ὁ Κρής)

New book

Just published. A touching story of a monk who joined the monastery in the eighties and his friendship with the abbot (ηγούμενο) Father Prodromos, who was a young monk at the time. A deeply spiritual story.
Read the paperback here

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Has lost spirituality. Monks harassed to espouse ecoumenism.

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