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Monastery of Panagia (Virgin Mary) in Goumenissa

The Holy Monastery of Panagia in Goumenissa is one of the most important monasteries in Macedonia while historically it constituted the largest religious center of the region throughout the period of Ottoman rule (1430-1912).

Furthermore,around the monastery, the homonymous small town was built which is the seat of the newly established (since 1991 AC) Metropolis ofGoumenissa, Axioupoli&Polykastro.

The church of Panagiain Goumenissawith its miraculous icon is located in the town of Goumenissa and is worth the visit.

It is believed that it was a Catholic monastery, which during the 14th century was given to the Monastery of Mount Athos. The present church was built in 1802. The temple was renovated in 1837, while in the 19th century it was extended to the west. Inside the church, which belongs to the type of three aisle basilica with polygonal apse sanctuary of carved stone, there is a great wooden set (box temple altar, shrine).

On the shrine the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary is placed, which makes the temple an important religious center.


Monastery of St.Nikodimos of Mount Athos in Goumenissa

In one of the most beautiful slopes of Paikoat an altitude of about 700 meters and 7 km from Goumenissa, over the village Pentalofo, the Monastery of St. Nicodimos of Mount Athos is located.

The monastery is a glebe of the Holy Monastery of SimonosPetras of Mount Athos, it has a dependency and similarities with it. The creation and development of the Monastery of Saint Nicodimoswas reached with inspiration, visions and the labored effort of the Abbot Archimandrite Chrysostomos and the original three-member youth group who framed him. In 1981 the Catholic of the monastery -Central church- was erected in the presence of three Metropolitans.It is a church dedicated to St. Nicodimos (the ground segment is dedicated to Saints Raphael, Nicholaos and Irene). 

There, it was transferred for the first time outside Mount Athos, the sacred skull of St. Nicodimos of Mount Athos, the patron of the monastery, a great personality of the modern Greeks, a prolific ecclesiastical writer of the 18th and 19th century. St. Nicodimos of Mount Athos was from Naxos and he served as a wise teacher and scholar during the Ottoman rule, the doctrine of the enslaved Greeks whose books nourished spiritually generations of Greeks, insulated and protected them from two serious risks of that era, Islamization and Latinization.


Pentekaideka (Fifteen) Martyrs’ Celebrations

On the 28th of November the commemoration of the patron saints of the city "Five and Ten" Martyrs takes place. For about a month (from early November to early December) many cultural events of OPONGA in collaboration with the cultural associations contribute into giving a different color to the celebration.



Polykastrina are organized every year in the period from 12-24 June in the celebration of the Holy Spirit; the cultural events include cultural dance performances, theater plays, concerts, exhibitions etc.


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