Monastery of Philosophos (Arkadia, Peloponnese)
There are two monasteries of Philosophos, one old, the
other new. In the photo above and in ruin is the old monastery of
Trekking road between Philosophos Monastery and Prodromos Monastery.
Old Monastery of Philosophos looked from below.
According to the tradition, the Old Monastery was founded by Iohannes
Lambardes the 'Philosopher' from Dimitsana in 960 circa. He served the
emperor Nikiforos Fokas.
Entrance to the church.
Because of its inaccessibility, the monastery was used as 'secret school'
to educate the Greeks during the Ottoman period.
The wall paintings are in dire condition. It is a shame that they are
bearly protected fron decay.
Cupola of the church and fresco paintings.
The church from behind.
Entrance to the New Monastery of Philosophos.
The new monastery was founded in 1690s.
Katholikon of the New Monastery.
The buildings within the New Monastery. Only a couple of monks are
permanently living here.
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- Robin Barbar, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001
(Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), p. 308.
- Andrew Bostock, Greece: The Peloponnese, Bucks: Bradt Travel
Guides, 2010, p. 178