Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Considered one of the holiest Orthodox sites in Greece, the monastery was looted 700 years ago by the Almogavers. The reconstruction project, which cost $238,000, restored parts of the building constructed in the 10th century.