Monastery Koutloumousiou or Koutloumous Mount Athos
Koutloumous monastery buildings are set in a rectangular shape with a rather
vast courtyard, with the central church (Katholicon) in its center. The refectory
is presently built a new (1995), while the central church, built in the 16th
century, is covered with five domes and with a glass covered exonarthex.
The original monastery was built before the 12th century but in the 14th
centutry, abbot Chariton of Imvros, receeded to the enlargement of the monastery;
during its lifetime vast destructions were caused either by fire or by fall
Apart from the Katholicon frescoes dated in the mid 16th century, Koutloumousiou
monastery possesses more than 600 manuscipts, many of which are illuminated,
as well as imporant historic archive and a large number of old printed books.