The historic sacred Cell of Koutloumousiano of “Great Holy Virgin Mary – Megalis Panagias” which was dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located 1.5 km southeast of Koutloumousiou Monastery.
The first mention of the cell is made in 971 AD, when it is signed the first Formal of Mount Athos, which was written by Efthimios Stoudites representative of the Patriarch of Instable Vasiliou Skamandrinou (970-974), signed by 58 representatives of 10 seniors,8 abbots and confirmed by Emperor John Tsimiskes. Among the signatories abbots is also that of Gomatou Monastery (Holy Virgin Mary of Koutloumousiou). This information was abstracted from the book of G. Smirnakis “The Holy Mountain”, 1903, Publications Panselinos.
In the same book is mentioned that the year 1016 Efstratios, Abbot of Gomatou monastery, was called among other abbots to sign the settlement of disputes of Xeropotamou with the Bouleuteria monastery. Other information that we derive from the same book is that the cell was renovated in Ancient Temple in 1672. The subsequent renovation was inaugurated on September 13, 1901 by Elder Chrysogonos the Cephalonian.
The cell was also mentioned in the books of P. Mamalaki and P. Thristou about Mount Athos. From these books we learn that in 1350 the cell of Gomatou is granted to the monastery Alypius. There is also an extensive description of the magnificence of the cell.
Today in the sacred cell of Holy Virgin stays Elder Evlogios with his disciple, after the decision of the assembly of Monastery Koutloumousiou on 12.6.2012. The fathers effort is the restoration of the cell, as the situation in which they received the cell was tragical, because it was abandoned for over 50 years. From the main building volume of the cell survives only the half-ruined church, leading the monks to live in an outbuilding area of 100 sqm, which has been refurbished with huge effort.
Nowadays the main concern of the escort is the construction of a church (in the name of St. Parthenius) to serve their duties as it does not work the main temple. The road to restoration of the cell is long and laborious. But Virgin Mary – Benefactress has proved all this time from the entrance of the fathers to the cell that is the housekeeper and leader to redo her home.
In order to enhance this effort, the monks of the cell prepare with love pure frankincense in a line of fragrances which they offer through OramaWorld. We invite you to support our efforts in the restoration by trying our incense and becoming benefactors of the cell.