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“Nice monastery, hospitable people!”
Review of Proussos Monastery

Proussos Monastery
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Karpenisi
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Owner description: The Monastery of Proussos was named after the Icon of Panagia Prousiotissa from Prousa in Minor Asia, according to a legend painted by Luke the Evangelist. It is 31 km north of Karpenisi. It was build in the 9th century (some say 12th century). According to a legend the monastery was founded during the period of the Byzantine Emperor Theophilos (829-842) who was an iconoclast ( against the use of icons). To protect the icon it was decided by supporters of the use of icons to move it to a safe place. The two persons responsible to find a place for the icon who came in Proussos decided to stay here and to build a monastery, and they were the first monks who changed their names to Dionysios and Timotheos. According to legends they decided the place due to miracles that happened due to the icon and because they could not move the icon to another place.Part of the monastery was destroyed 1587 by a fire. During the Greek war of independence it was a refuge place of various heroes such as Giorgos Karaiskakis, Markos Botsaris or Lambros Katsonis. A large part of the monastery was destroyed , including many books and documents, by fire set by German troops in the second world war.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is one of the nicest monasteries in Greece. It is an orthodox one created a few centuries ago.
It is mainly famous for the icon of Virgin Mary which was brought from Proussa from which the monastery and the near village is named after.
Personally I believe that the best thing there is the scenery and the "energy" of the place. Thus, this is a must no matter what you believe in (christian, not christian, atheist etc).

It takes around 30-45 minutes from Karpenisi by car. There is a local bus taking you there once or twice every day depending on the period.
Watch out! Especially the winter period due to rain/snow sometimes the road is a bit dangerous that's why it is advisable to ask at you hotel/hostel to check if there are any problems before you go.

On your way there the scenery is also beautiful and during the summer months there are some outdoors activities running around there.

Best season to visit it: April-mid July cause the road is safe, the scenery is spectacular and there are not sooo many people as in August (during which the monastery is full with tourists.)

After visiting it don't miss the chance to visit one of the local small cafes or restaurants to eat one of the local specialties. My personal favorite are the sausages made by "Strimmenos".

Last but not least if you enjoy walking it is a custom for people to walk from Karpenisi to the monastery before its big celebration. It will take you around 4-5 hours (including stops) to get there.

2  Thank George X
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Either an Orthodox, a Catholic, or even a non Christian this is a place you should at least visit once in your life. You should visit for the atmosphere and for the amazing scenery.
The place has seen and been part of Greek History.
There are some site attractions right outside the monastery where the greek Revolution took place and there's a very interesting museum inside the monastery.

Most important, it is the place where the icon of Virgin Mary choose to "live", just ask the monks for the story. It's an amazing story of an amazing place.

1  Thank evdokiageo
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

the whole philosophy of chosing tle place ant the ICON of Virgin Mary that comes from Proussa - Turkish city dated back to 14th century.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Stunning monastery in an excellent location on the bend in the river

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