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The Ormylia monastery. A convent that enchants

Patriarchal and Stavropegic Holy Cenobium of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. The Dependency of the Mount Athos Holy Monastery of Simonopetra. The convert which is introduced to us with this long, accurate title, is situated at the fertile plain of Ormylia which is totally connected to its founder, Holy Simon the Myrovlytis. 

The Holy Monastery of Simonopetra, which is ranked 13th in the hierarchical order of the Athonite community, exists for centuries, already from the actions of Saint Simon in early 1200. The Dependency, pointing towards the West just like most monasteries, has taken its final form, with the main entrance and the guest quarters (known in Greek as archontariki), in 1982. The steep cobbled road with the olives trees which starts in front of the guest quarters reveals to the visitor the convent but also the magical environment that surrounds these facilities which offer unique care. Its cool, verdant courtyard prepares the visitor for what is going to follow, while the old church which is dedicated to the Annunciation, is the oldest building of the Vatopedi Dependency (1842). 

The convent's farm impresses with the wealth of its produce. Chalkidiki olives, green, ripe black olives and Kalamata olives variety, olive oil, flower and pine honey, all sorts of jams and unique quality liqueurs (mastic, cherry, limoncello, walnut, cherry, medlar, pomegranate). At the southern side of the Dependency are the workshops where the nuns continue the tradition of artistic creative expression through icon painting, the drawing room, the tailor’s workshop for sacerdotal vestments, the weaving workshop, the embroidery workshop, the workshop for woodcarving and mosaics. The diverse actions of Ormylia are complemented by the publications of liturgical texts, catechisms, the lives of the Saints, etc.
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