The road that leads from the port (arsana) to the Stavronikita Monastery!
There are various conflicting traditions and stories regarding the monastery's name. According to one Athonite tradition, the name is a combination of the names of two monks, Stavros and Nikitas, that used to live in two cells at the site before the monastery was built. Another tradition recounts of a Byzantine army officer serving under the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes, named Niceforus Stavronikitas that built the monastery and named it after himself. Yet a third tradition attributes the foundation of the monastery to a patrician by the name Nikitas. The patrician's name day according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar of saints is celebrated the day after the Feast of the Cross. Hence according to this tale the monastery got its name by combination of the patrician's name with the word "Stavros" (the Greek word for cross).
Apart from the traditional name, in some old documents the monastery is referred to as "Monastery of the Theotokos", which implies that the monastery was initially dedicated to the Theotokos. A more often encountered alternative name is "Monastery of Stravonikita" which is a corruption of the original name.
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- Copyright: Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) (1053)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony CyberShot DSC H50
- Exposure: f/2.7, 1/2000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mount Athos - Agion Oros [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 14:35