The Holy Monastery of Stavronikita5 November 2011
The monastery appears to have been founded in the early 11th century, but in the 13th century it was deserted, and later it was reduced to a cell dependent on Philotheou. In 1536 it was again raised to the status of a monastery by the Patriarch Jeremiah I. Its radical reorganisation during the 1960′s ushered in a new period on Mount Athos. The katholikon, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was probably built in the 11th century. It was restored immediately after Stavronikita again acquired monastic status, and was frescoed in 1546 by the famous Theophanes the Cretan. The refectory also contains wall-paintings attributed to Theophanes and his assistants. The monastery’s chief treasure is the mosaic icon of St Nicholas-of-the-Oyster.
Source: Monk Chariton, Images of Athos, 3rd edition, Mount Athos, 2007