The Holy Monastery of the Philosopher

The Holy Monastery of the Philosopher, Dimitsana

The Holy Monastery of the Philosopher

The Holy Monastery of the Philosopher
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Tom Carter
427 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Marvellous place, we hiked here from Dimitsana it is so peaceful here, the priests are welcoming and friendly. Take your time and enjoy, don’t rush.
Written July 23, 2021
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
Jun 2019
Obviously, this refers to the  Neo Moni Philosophou. It is unlikely that almost completely destroyed  old Philosophou which is in half of kilometer. Both monasteries are about equal distances from both Stemnitsa and Dimitsana, on the so-called "Menalon trail". Because of this,not everybody  reaches it. However, to the monastery exists very broken road, however, since it actually completes the trail, hikers go to it infrequently. The monastery is old and relatively interesting and fits well into the picturesque landscape of the Lucios gorge.
Written November 17, 2019
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia4,911 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
It is easy to visit the "new" Philosopher's Monastery (new is a relative term here, seeing it dates back to 1691) ; the "old one" (going all the way to 963) is somewhat trickier . . . there's a rocky path down to the Lousios River, where its ruins are tucked a bit hidden against the rockface.
Even the new one is certainly worth a visit. It is a rather small building, built in the Byzantine style with large rocks and red bricks in between, a dome and terra cotta roof tiles. Unfortunately, apart from a million cats, there was nobody around during our visit and everything was closed. I read that the frescoes inside are beautiful.
The hiking must be fantastic in this region and from the Philosopher's Monastery you can see Prodromos Monastery in the distance on the Eastern side of the river - given and extra day I would have loved to walk there.
Written July 17, 2019
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Mary D
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
May 2019 • Family
At first the walk to the monastery appears to be a bit tough but it’s not really ..saw lots of old people walking down to the church and I thought if they can make it so can I and I’m so glad we went it is amazing ...when you go inside the ministry make sure when you seethe Fresco wall you enter the little room with two wooden doors it’s usually open and it’s a very small praying area ,very dark and beautiful...
Written May 18, 2019
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NSTAVROS
Athens, Greece623 contributions
May 2019 • Couples

To the south of Dimitsana in a cliffside of the gorge The old Philosophos Monastery that runs through Lousios River is ruined one of the oldest and most historic monasteries of Greece, the old Monastery of Panagia Filosofou. It is a building of 963 AD. and was founded by Ioannis Lambardopoulos - philosopher and initiator of Nikiforos Fokas. It was classified as cruciferous. Today, this small 10th century Byzantine chapel is preserved with its frescoes..
Written May 2, 2019
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joleema
Sydney121 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Both monasteries are worth a visit, but it is a bit further up the hill to get to the new monastery where you will be affected by some lovely monks offering cold water and Greek sweets. The hanging monastery on the other side of the gorge (which is shown in some of the photos on this site) is also worth a visit. You can explore the old philosophers monastery anytime but can only visit the others earlier in the day. It is also worth noting that you can drive to the new monastery but it is likely that you won’t be able to access the old one if it is closed. Definitely go if you have time.
Written November 3, 2018
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Karen G
Ames, IA316 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Possibly the beauty and ancient dignity of Paleo Moni Filosofou is in the fact it lies in complete ruins. I am glad we had a local to help us decipher this ancient monastery. Don't go here expecting the restoration of the many other monasteries in the area. If adventurous, it is possible to look inside what must have been the ancient chapel, complete with a few remnants of frescos. I was saddened to see that someone had actually written graffiti across a priceless fresco. Please treat this site with as much reverence and care given to those monasteries watched over carefully by caretakers to this day.
Written October 12, 2018
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gaby2121
Ramat Gan, Israel83 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We took the trek from the Holy Prodromo Monastery. A steep climb, but worth it.we were offered some water and sweets.
Written October 8, 2017
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StuartVine
Surbiton, UK399 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
You can visit the monastery by car, or, as we did, as part of the trek up (or down) the Lousios Gorge. There are two parts to the monastery, the old one, a ruin hidden in the cliffs and the new one, with a very nicely decorated chapel and a hospitable monk who may offer you water and "Greek Sweets" (not, repeat, NOT to be confused with or called Turkish Delight ;-)
Written October 4, 2017
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Ana K
Israel45 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We just came back from Peloponnese.
The day trekking we did to the monastery was wonderful!!
Start the trek in Ancient Gorthys (you can leave there the car) pass the bridge and start walking to the right/ in 100 meters you will see a map, with the indications.
The trekking is very steep, and it's better to do it early, before the hot weather begins.
It's worth the effort.
Written August 6, 2017
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