Antiphonitis Monastery

Antiphonitis Monastery was built originally in the 12 th century AD in a remote area of the Five Finger mountains. The dome of the monastery sits not on four but on 8 columns and the church walls are covered with the remains of frescos. Located only 5 km away from the village of Esentepe the building is now open to the public.

Story: The monastery takes its name –“she who answers”- from the legend in which a poor man and a rich man met at this place. The poor men ask the rich man for a loan, who retorted, “… and who will act as a witness that I have loaned you the money?” to which the poor man replied, “God”. As soon as he had said those words, a celestial voice was heard sanctifying this transaction, and the monastery grew up around the miracle.