Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra

A thousand- year- old monastery

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At the foot of Mount Velia, God is glorified, Greece, its history !!!

The famous Monastery of Agia Lavra, which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is umbilically connected with the beginning of the revolution of 1821 and the swearing in of the first fighters and the Kalavryta revolutionaries. “Freedom or Death” is sworn in at the Beautiful Gate of the Church of the Holy Lavra and the glorious banner of the struggle is raised here to wave for centuries along with the echo of the historical dilemma.

Here the Greek Church represents the nation, ensuring and embodying the uninterrupted historical continuity of Hellenism. Church and Nation will face looting, destruction and losses fighting for faith and homeland.

Thus, the Monastery is not only a pan-Hellenic national-religious pilgrimage of the first magnitude but also one of the oldest monasteries of Hellenism.

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It was built in 961 AD. and initially operated as a metochi to win the title of Monastery very soon. For six consecutive centuries it held its heyday to be set on fire in the years that followed by the Turks, to withstand an earthquake, to be looted by the Albanians and then by Ibrahim.

It took its current position in 1828, when it was rebuilt, until it experienced its last great destruction in 1943 by the German occupiers. The latter, after setting fire to Kalavrita, killing all the teenagers and male inhabitants of the area, then burned the monastery, killing all the monks under the historic plane tree of the temple. When the war ended, the monastery was rebuilt, taking its current form.

The monastery has with rare books and documents dating from 1688 to 1906., and the museum with unique national relics from the Greek revolution, tributes of popular faith and important objects of worship. Among them are the sacred Banner – the first flag of the Greek Nation – the weapons of the fighters of 1821, the vestments and the pastoral staff of the Archbishop of Old Patras Germanos, the diamond Gospel – gift of Catherine the Great – embroidered in Smyrna 1754, the icon of St. George embroidered from the “Cocoon of the Clock” in Istanbul
and relics of saints.

The monastery is for men and celebrates on the 15th of August.

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