Monastery Simonopetr is dedicated to the Nativity of Christ. It is located in the south-western part of the peninsula, between the monasteries of Daphni and Grigoriat. He towers seven-story bulk over the sea and seems to float in the air. The monastery was founded by Saint Simon, Athonite monk of the XIII century, he called his creation “New Bethlehem”.
Saint Simon, living as a hermit in these places, for two years saw an unusually bright star above the edge of the rock. The star then shone, then disappeared, and he felt that in this way the Lord kinged it over him to build a monastery on this place. Simon’s holiness was known to everyone, so many monks voluntarily speaked to work with him. The building began, and as it progressed to the edge of the rock, for the brethren became increasingly difficult to suffer such a dizzy altitude. They had to stop work. Once Saint Simon asked his cell-mate Isaiah to deliver the wine to the workers, but he stumbled and fell down from the cliff. Saint Simon called to the Theotokos and, grieving, asked the brethren to come down and bring the body of their faithful assistant. Imagine their surprise when Isaiah returned alive and unharmed, without even spilling wine from the jug! This wonderful event inspired workers, and they successfully completed the construction. Since then, this place is called “Simonopetr” (which means “Simon’s Stone”), in memory of the founder’s firm faith.
In 1988, the Mother of God visited the monastery again with His mercy. The monks almost ran out of oil, and now, after the All-night Feast of the Presentation into the Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they suddenly discovered that the vessels with oil had miraculously filled.