Proussos Monastery, Karpenisi, Greece

The Monastery of Proussos is 31 km north of Karpenisi and was named after the Icon of Panagia Prousiotissa from Prousa in Minor Asia and was built in the 9th century. According to a legend the monastery was founded during the period of the Byzantine Emperor Theophilos (829-842) who was an iconoclast. Part of the monastery was destroyed 1587 by a fire. During the Greek war of independence it was a refuge place of various heroes such as Giorgos Karaiskakis, Markos Botsaris or Lambros Katsonis. A large part of the monastery was destroyed , including many books and documents, by fire set by German troops in the second world war.

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