The Holy Monastery of Saint Paul was founded at the base of Athos by Saint Paul of Xeropotamou. At the outset it was a simple monastic cell, but later it developed into a monastery in honor of Saint George. Today it honors the memory of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple (February 2nd).
The Queen Maro, wife of Sultan Mourat II and mother of Muhammad II, the Conqueror of Constaninople, brought here the precious gifts offered by the Magi to the new-born Christ.
The library of the monastery contains more than 495 manuscripts and about 18,000 printed books.
New Skete (or the Skete of Pyrgos) and the Skete of Saint Demetios (or Lakkoskete), belong to the Monastery of Saint Paul.