The Holy Monastery of the Taxiarches of Naoussis was built, according to existing testimonies, at the end of the 16th century, by Saint Theophanis, later the Patron Saint of Naoussis.
It was a large monastery, as evidenced by the surviving ruins.
There is a tradition that says that a bear ate the mules that carried the stones for the construction of the monastery. Then the Saint became angry and saddled the bear to carry this stone. After the construction was finished, he untied her and cursed that no bear would appear in the area again.
With this tradition, an attempt was probably made to interpret the absence of bears, even though the area used to be inhabited by them and which fortunately in recent years have reappeared!..
Of the buildings of the monastery today, some few ruins remain and only one chapel is standing, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou