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Vatopediou Monastery was founded ca. 980 AD, on the site on a church dated in 4th or 5th century (and, perhaps, on a diocese's seat) by three noblemen from Andrianoupolis (Edirne). It is the biggest in buildings, the second biggest in building site area (and in Athonite hierarchical order, also), the richest in byzantine and post-byzantine treasures and the most-populated on Athos.
Here, you can see the ruins of the old (18th century) Athonias school in the background.
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