Location: Mount Athos, Greece.
Built: 5th century
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: --
Notes: Esphigmenou (Greek: Μονή Εσφιγμένου) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece, dedicated to the Ascension of Christ. It is built next to the sea at the northern part of the Athonite peninsula. Located near the Hilandar monastery, it is the northernmost of all Athonite monasteries. The current monastery dates back to the 10th century, while tradition holds that the site had been used as a monastery since as early as the 5th century. Esphigmenou ranks eighteenth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries and since the early 1970s has been embroiled in legal and ecclesiastical disputes. This is the largest monastery on Mount Athos, with around a hundred monks.
Esphigmenou Links:Esphigmenou On Wikipedia
Site of the Esphigmenou monks under Patriarchate of Constantinople
Site of the Friends of Esphigmenou (Current Occupants)
Proclamation of reinstatement of Esphigmenou Monastery
Macedonian Heritage – The Monastery of Esphigmenou
Stance of the Church of Greece and Mt.Athos community on the dispute
Καταδίκη σχισματικών για την κατάληψη στη Μονή Εσφιγμένου, εφημερίδα «Έθνος» (Greek)
Kathimerini newspaper, November 2005 – article about the Esphigmenou Monastery (Greek)
Iefimerida - article about the conviction of Papalamprakopoulos's ultra-orthodox team at Esphigmenou (Greek)
Makedonia newspaper - Προσοχή στον Άθω, άρθρο στην εφημερίδα «Μακεδονία» (Greek)