In the very center of Athos Island, there is a magnificent temple of xropotamos. It was built in honor of forty martyrs. It is said that this is one of the most beautiful monasteries on the territory of the peninsula. Regarding the founding of the temple, several versions came to us. One version states that the monastery was created at the end of the first century at the venue of the Pulcheria, the Great Empress of that era. According to another source, the temple erected two emperors: Roman Lakopin and Noble Constantine.
The period of prosperity of the temple refer to the first century, while the territory of the monastery reached incredible sizes and greatness. Despite the fact that over time, the territory has decreased, huge forests extend around the temple, including chestnut. Attacks on the abode of pirates began in the 13th century, but after two centuries, kings from Serbia made donations and the temple was restored.
On the territory of the monastery there are several koles, almost 10 temples. It is on the territory of the Ksyropotos monastery there is the largest part, which remained from the honest cross. It survived the hole from the nail. The temple ranks 8th in the hierarchy of the monasteries of the peninsula. Today more than 50 inhabitants live here. There are also several unique icons here.