Monastery of Vlatadon

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Monastery of Vlatadon information

Thessaloniki , Greece
cnr Eptapyrgiou & Agathangelou
Opening hours
7.30am-5pm & 5.30-8pm, museum 10am-noon Sun
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Near Ano Poli’s Byzantine Walls, the salmon-coloured arches of this secluded monastery are a relaxing place for a stroll. Thought to have been founded around 1351 by the pious brothers Vlatades, this monastery was significant for Hesychasm, a controversial movement based around solitary spiritual reflection. Its foremost 14th-century proponent, St Gregory Palamas, is depicted in a fresco here.

A now-lost imperial chrysobull (gold-sealed decree) of the Byzantine Empress indicates Anna Paleologina endowed Vlatadon, which still preserves a rich archive of documents dating to the 15th century.