Monastery of Vlatadon
Church of Osios David
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Kastra (Ano Poli) & the Byzantine Walls
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Monastery of Vlatadon information
Near Ano Poli’s Byzantine Walls, this relaxing place in a leafy, secluded location has a small museum and gift shop. Founded by the pious brothers Vlatades (1360), it was important during the Hesychast spiritual movement, as attested by a fresco of St Gregory Palamas, Hesychasm's spiritual leader. Other remarkable frescoes date from 1360–80.
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.