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Fire damages historic monastery in Serres

Δημοσίευση 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:22 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Fire damages historic monastery in Serres
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The13th century Byzantine nunnery of Aghios (St.) Prodromos, located a few kilometers east of the city of Serres in northeastern Greece, suffered serious damage from a fire reportedly caused by sparks from a wood burning stove.

The13th century Byzantine nunnery of Aghios (St.) Prodromos, located a few kilometers east of the city of Serres in northeastern Greece, suffered serious damage from a fire reportedly caused by sparks from a wood burning stove.

The fire started on Monday afternoon at the 19th century guest house, which was seriously damaged, although the nuns were able to save the relics and rare icons on display.

The inclement weather conditions in the area delayed the arrival of firefighting forces which, assisted by local people and the nuns, managed to put the fire under control, keeping the flames away from the old nunnery building and its rare icons, the monastic complex’s new wings and the nuns’ cells.

The nunnery was built on the foothills of Mt. Menikio in 1270-1275. Its icons are dated to the 14th century while its murals were painted in 1630. Hundreds of priceless manuscripts and relics were looted during WWI by the Bulgarian army between 1913 and 1917, while a priceless 14th century icon, stolen in 1973, was returned to the nunnery two years ago.