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== History ==
It is said to have been founded by Leon sometime in the 6th
in the 19th Century but this has not been cross-checked by historians. It is more likely that it was built in 1522 by St. Theonas, who later became the Metropolitan bishop of Thessaloniki. During the Turkish occupation, the monastery owned many acres of land but it was destroyed by the Turks during the Greek War of Independence of 1821 and was rebuilt in 1830.