Drama: A list of the 16th century was found with the massacred monks of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Eikosifonissa

The massacre of the Ottomans in , is confirmed in writing in the last manuscripts that came back to ownership of the monastery about a year ago. Some stolen for centuries, priceless manuscripts of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Eikosifonissa Pangaio, recently returned, now reveal the rich history of the monastery, confirming in practice the oral testimonies that existed for a series of events that marked the monastery through its long and troubled history. Thus, the oral testimony to date about a great 16th-century massacre by Ottoman conquerors that resulted in the tragic death of all the monks, is also confirmed in writing in the last manuscripts that came back to ownership of the monastery about a year ago. This was announced by the Metropolitan Drama Dorotheus during a press conference he granted with the Emeritus Professor of the University of Thrace and a systematic researcher of manuscripts and the history of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Eikosifonissa, George Papazoglu. From a New York auction house back in Drama In October 2023 the Metropolitan Laodicea Theodoritos, as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Athens, delivered to the metropolitan Drama three stolen manuscripts of the Holy Monastery of Eikosifonissa dating back to the 16th century. The above manuscripts with the mediation of the archdiocese of America came into the legitimate possession of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from the collection of the Swann Auction House Auction Galleries of New York. After their theft from the monastery in 1917 they ended up in America where they were sold in 2008 to a Chicago collector, but who returned them when he found their legal and morally precarious ownership. The manuscripts remained for years in this auction house and after it was found to be stolen from the Patriarchal and Crusader Monastery of Panagia Eikosifounissi, it was decided by the officials to take the legal actions towards the Ecumenical Patriarchate, so that they could be returned to the legal owner. The big secret the manuscripts hid In one of these manuscripts marked X 8 was found by Mr Papazoglu note and text on the massacre of the monks of Iikosifonissa by the Ottomans in the year 1507. Dorotheus stressed that “to date we knew the existence of a manuscript only from testimonies of scholars of the history of the monastery where it was reported that the slaughtered monks were 172”. However, with the finding of the paper manuscript now, “we have all the names of the slaughtered monks, who died tragically on August 25, 1507 and who referred to the so-called Parisia.” The manuscript notes: “Zie (1507) came great and great calamity to the holy monastery, and cut off the monks, and weary the monastery, and months (25) I.” Then, under the title “Thais are the monks”, there is a list of the slaughtered monks and others. In the margin (oa) of leaf 31 there is also confirmation of the continuity of the list of slaughtered monks with the writing of those years and the designation: “The Offended”. It should be noted that the victims of the massacre were a total of 202, of which 24 monks, 3 ministers, 145 monks and 30 pilgrims of the monastery. From the study of this manuscript by Mr Papazoglu it was also found that the paper was of Western type, modern of events and on various leaves, while it appears to be produced at that time. “Therefore, the monk – author of the note and list of massacres is modern and knows the facts firsthand,” the Metropolitan Drama points out. Professor Papazoglu, during the press conference, also referred to the long and difficult journey of these manuscripts before they returned to the sacred monastery. Finally, the Metropolitan of Drama described the whole event as a great blessing of the Virgin Mary and pointed out that it will continue, under the supervision of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the struggle to return the remaining manuscripts and relics to the sacred monastery.