Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa

Religious attraction between Drama and Nea Peramos, Kavala
The inside-yard of the Panagia Eikosifoinissa Monastery with the main church and some of the surrounding buildings.

Historic monastery with an important role during the Greek revolution, located at the borderline between Kavala and Serres counties.

Panagia Eikosifoinissa is a very impressive monastery built on Paggaion mountain situated 39 km from Kavala, 60 km from Serres, and 33 km from Drama where it belongs ecclesiastically. It is built 753 meters above the sea level and according to the tradition was founded by the bishop Sozon in 450 AD in the nearby area Vigla. Based on official records this structure was abandoned and the monastery was moved to its current location from the Osio Gernano during the 8th century.

The monastery has a great national and religious importance since it is highly related to the efforts of the local Greek population to gain freedom and independence during the history. More specifically, it played an active role in the War of Independence against the Turks, as well as the Balkan and the two World Wars.

In the monastery the visitor can see many rare paintings of saints, relics, and hand scripts that are stored and exhibited in its big library. It has 150 rooms and today there are approximately 23 nuns that live in the monastery. For this reason, when it comes to visitors it is only women who are accepted to stay for a few days or just overnight if they wish. Generally, it is a landmark of the Orthodox religion for the local area, while many guests visit the monastery from Greece and abroad.