Monastery Buildings > Cemetery Church

The monastery cemetery lies, as is usual in many monasteries, outside its enclosed grounds, in this case at distance of about two hundred meters. It can be found to the right of the road leading to the Monastery. It was linked to the main group of monastery buildings by a cobblestone road, traces of which can still be seen today.

The chapel serving as an ossuary is to the right of the cemetery entrance. The graves of Leimonos monks, the Metropolitans of Methymna Stefanos Soulides and Iakovos Malliaros and various members of the laity can be found in the courtyard.

The cemetery church is a 16th century building. It is a small single-aisle basilica   with frescoed alcoves in the wall of the Sanctuary that faces east.

Sadly, the monastery archives tell us nothing about the construction, decoration or history of this church. The style of the frescoes points to its having been built in the 16th century, at a time when Saint Ignatios was still alive. It was therefore indeed the founder of the monastery himself that was most probably responsible for its construction.

Its importance lies mainly in its frescoes, which bear elements of the Cretan School and have been dated to the second half of the 16th century

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