Monastery of Kaltezes

Monastery of Kaltezes

Kaltezes’ Monastery, honoring St. Nicholas, the Prophet Elijah and the Transfiguration of the Savior, is located 31km from Tripoli. It is built on a beautiful hill on the outskirts of the village of Kaltezon.

In 1969, after the epiphany of a man from Smyrna, who later became a monk, an icon of St. Nicholas was found where the monastery that honors him is situated today. During the 18th century it was inhabited by up to 40 monks. It was used as an arsenal warehouse during the Greek revolution and provided an important service to the cause. After all, it was here where the First Peloponnesian Senate was incorporated on May 26, 1821. And also, it was in this historic monastery where the first meeting of chieftains and nobles, regarding the beginning of the revolution, took place in May 1819. Within the monastery’s relics lies the gospel upon which members of the Senate were sworn in.

An important figure was the Abbot Kallinicos Sourlopoulos, an ardent fighter for the revolution and a man of God. The miracles attributed to the monastery attract many pilgrims.

The distance from Tripoli is 31 km.

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