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The Monastery

The Way to the Monastery

On the South-Eastern side of the island of Rhodes, 50 km from Rhodes Town, in the direction of Lindos and the village Lardos,  hidden in a once verdant forest is the monastery of the Virgin Ypseni or Gypseni.

There are two possible explanations for the title given the Virgin. Ypseni from the Greek word for height, indicating the monastery is built on high ground. There is a folk verse which says, “O Virgin of Ypseni, thou who art in the heights”. The other explanation says that it is a corruption of the word ‘gypseni’, because of the high amount of gypsum in the surrounding

According to the commemorative stone at the entrance of the Church, the monastery was built around  1855. It’s founder was St. Meletios of Rhodes.
Today about 15 nuns live within the monastery, under the spiritual direction of the new abbess of the Monastery, Mariam.  The monastery’s first abbess was the nun,
Eugenia.  The sisterhood was established by the current Metropolitan of New Zealand, Amphilochios Tsoukos.
The monastery celebrates its patronal feast on the 22 and 23rd of August, on the leavetaking of the Dormition of the Mother of God, where multitudes of people come together. The monastery also celebrates the memory of St. Meletios on the 12th February.
The sisters of the monastery paint icons, sew, work the land (vines, olives, citrus fruits etc) and mount icon reproductions onto natural wood.
A monastery with a story of its own decorates the island of Rhodes and bestows a spirit of calm on visitors and pilgrims to the monastery alike.
See also:

Short video showing the monastery, relics of the monastery’s founder, St. Meletios of Lardos, while singing hymns to the saint.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2009 4:07 am

    This is a well-balanced, well-written, informative and user-friendly site. Your pictures also express a proud history. Thank you for this good browsing experience.

    Chris Lombardi

  2. Pavel permalink
    February 9, 2010 1:23 pm

    Excuse me … bless …

    I ask your prayer support for the sick Abbess Georgia (my mother an old (almost 80 years), suffering from …) and the Provost nun Helen (very sick kidneys .. now traveling …). Sisters of Nicholas nunnery Arzamas (80 sisters in the convent). I ask eagerly praying for them … sorry ….

    With a low bow …

  3. татьяна permalink
    June 10, 2013 4:47 am

    Здравствуйте! Христос Воскресе! Прошу ваших молитв о здравии Сергея Олега Дмитрия Татьяны Анастасии Татьяны Татьяны Татьяны Татьяны .Спаси Господи!

  4. татьяна permalink
    June 10, 2013 5:13 am

    Здравствуйте! Христос Воскресе! Прошу ваших молитв от здравии Сергея Олега Дмитрия татьяны Анастасии. Спаси Господи.

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