== History ==
It is said to have been founded by Leon sometime in the 6th Century but this has not been verified by any historian. 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 the buildings were destroyed by the Turks during the Greek War of Independence of 1821 and were rebuilt in 1830.
The heirlooms of the monastery include the whole-body [[relics|relic]] of St. Theona and the head of St. [[Anastasia the Healer]]. The monastery belongs to the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople]] and honors St. Anastasia [[December 22]].