It is a monastery with a long history, as the present Monastery is a retelling (i.e. a revival) of the homonymous monastery founded in 752 on Mount Pyrgi near Trebizond, Pontus.
This monastery functioned for almost eleven centuries, playing an important role in the spiritual, administrative and national education of the enslaved Greeks. After the Asia Minor disaster, the monastery was deserted in January 1923, while the monks fled to Greece, bringing with them few relics from the rich treasures of the monastery.
The Monastery of Agios Georgios Peristereotas is located at the foot of Mount Vermio, in Rodochori Naousis, in an idyllic green location of 200 acres, which was granted by the residents of Rodochori from their property. The official inauguration of the Monastery took place on June 16, 1978.
In Rodochori, relics are also kept, such as the icon of Saint George, two marble peristyles from the Holy Altar of the Monastery as well as relics of five saints. Also, in a specially designed area, the sacred bones of the Hieromonks of the old Monastery of Agios Georgios in Pontos are kept.
Every year on the feast of Saint George, the monastery of Saint George Peristereotas in Rodochori Naousis is flooded with pilgrims from all parts of Greece and takes on a festive appearance.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou