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ZOODOCHOS PIGI MONASTERY
The largest monastery in Andros island is Zoodochos Pigi or Agia, as it is locally called. It is not known when it was built. According to unverified information, during Byzantine era it functioned as a School and transformed into a monastery in 842 by empress Theodora. It is also reported that many upper-class people were educated at the school, which gave many priest, bishops and even patriarchs. The monastery is mentioned for the first time in a document dating back to 1400, while in the church there is an icon dated 1325. It was renovated in 16th and 20th century and the original Byzantine form was changed. In 1928 it was transformed into a women monastery and today only one old nun lives there. The church of the monastery follows the Byzantine style with a woodcut iconostasis and paintings made during post-Byzantine period. There are also icons made in 14th and 16th century. Additionally there is a rich library with books and manuscripts, a museum with holy vestments and other things and a small collection of prehistoric tools. The monastery celebrates every year, on Friday that comes after Easter Sunday.


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