Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monastery of Άγια Φιλοθέη

We recently found the ruins of an old monastery, and this morning I went back to take a picture for you. We're not sure how old this old monastery is. It's dedicated to Saint Philothei of Athens.

Philothei was a really amazing woman. At age 14 she was married against her will to a nasty old rich man, who treated her badly. He died when she was 17, leaving her with wealth and power. Ignoring her parents' urging, she refused to remarry, and instead used her money to establish a monastery, and many other charitable establishments around the area. She was particularly known for sheltering slaves--especially women--from trafficking by the Ottoman Turks. In 1588, at age 66, she was severely beaten for harboring these women, and died the following February.

I wish we knew the origins of this monastery, or at least the age. I guess ultimately it doesn't really matter. It's a picturesque building in a pretty spot, dedicated to a seriously rad woman who used her influence to assist others.

If you look closely, you can see an icon of Philothei hanging on the door.

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