Metochi of Monastery Chilandari
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Metochi of Monastery Chilandari is one of the oldest attractions in the northeastern part of the Mount Athos peninsula. It was presented to the monastery in the XIII century. At present, the landmark provides travelers with the possibility to have a touch to spiritual heritage set beyond the lines of the holy state.

Metochori of Monastery Chilandari history in brief

The monastic republic on the Mount Athos peninsula is arguably the most famous pilgrimage site in Greece. At the same time, only a few people know that the vicinity of Ierissos houses another distinguishing landmark – Metochori of Monastery Chilandari – Kakovo Monastery.

The Hilandar monastery was founded in the XII century by the former Grand Prince of Serbia Stefan Nemanja and his son, Rastko. They both escaped from the worldly life and settled down at Mount Athos. After they decided to enter the religion, the monks started to call Stefan by the name of Symeon, while his son got the name of Saint Sava. Symeon died in 1200. He was buried in the territory of the Hilandar monastery. Four years later, Saint Sava took the remains of his father and transferred them to Studenica Monastery in Serbia. The brothers and monks of the monastery mourned for the loss of the relic. According to a legend, St. Symeon the Myrrh-Streaming haunted Abbot Methodius’ dreams and said that a vine would sprout from his grave. Later, his words became true. Moreover, the sprouted vine keeps on bringing fruit up to the present times. People consider it to be a cure for disease and infertility. It was thanks to her that the courtyard of the Hilandar monastery appeared here: it became a gift from the wealthy Turk to the Serbian monastery, whose wife was cured of infertility after tasting the berries of the vine of St. Symeon.

The life of Metochori of Monastery Chilandari

The atmosphere here is very quiet and peaceful. Kakovo Monastery sits in the valley, surrounded by pine-tree forests. You can find it northeast of the Mount Athos Mountain. The landmark stands only 50 meters from the sea. Thus, you can hear the sounds of the sea and breathe fresh salt air.

The territory of the Hilandar Monastery comprises:

  • the temple of the Live-Giving Spring;
  • monks’ cells;
  • two guest houses;
  • a church shop;
  • the shop of the Orthodox Christian literature;
  • the workshop units and houses for workers.

The residents of the metochion are involved in processing the chestnut trees for the production of furniture, icon-stands, and building materials for the needs of the Hilandar Monastery. Besides, this place provides all the necessary facilities for the recreation of aged monks after diseases and care services.

You can reach this destination from Ierissos and Ouranoupoli by taxi. Travelers can also access this site on foot. The route from Ierissos usually takes about 40 minutes.


  • Since the site is a holy place, you should wear the corresponding clothes. Women must wear long skirts, with no make-up and jewelry, and keep their shoulders covered. Men are not allowed to wear bright clothes. They should put dark trousers and light single-ton shirts.
  • Kakovo Monastery is a small example of the spiritual heritage of the holy mount. In contrast to the Mount Athos monasteries, women are allowed to visit the site.
  • There is at least one monk on the territory of the Hilandar Monastery. A conversation with him might turn into quite a useful experience.