Xiropotamou monastery is an
Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece, in
the middle side of peninsula.
The monastery ranks eighth
in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries.
It was founded in the 10th
century, and is dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.
Xiropotamou houses numerous
relics, the most prominent being the largest extant piece of the True Cross.
For this reason, the
monastery also celebrates a patronal feastday on September 14, the feast of the
Elevation of the Holy Cross.
The library contains 409
manuscripts, and about 600 printed books. Today the monastery has about