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The Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina is one of the top attractions of the island and a place of attraction for its visitors who flock to the place by the thousands throughout the year to worship and heal. He is considered a miracle worker as Saint Nektarios or Nektarios of Pentapolis or Nektarios of Aegina (October 1, 1846 – November 9, 1920) is a modern saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church who is believed to have performed miracles while still alive. Moreover, the Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina is no
only one of the largest monasteries in Greece, but also one of the largest orthodox churches in the Balkans. Although known to the general public, few people know its true history and significance.

The Monastery started operating (reopened to be precise) by Agios Nektarios himself when he was looking for a place to house a monastery for the end of his life, an “Ecclesiastical Parthenon”, as he said. Together with 4 nuns who wished to consecrate under his spiritual guidance and supervision, he found an old abandoned monastery in Aegina at Xantos where he decided to house these 4 nuns and another 3 who were already monks on the island. The monastery reopened in 1904 under the guidance of Agios Nektarios, although he was still in the Rizareio School – he settled permanently on the island in 1908. It acquired its current form in the period 1973-1994, with the locals building on ruins of a Byzantine monastery. The church today has two tall bell towers and four rows of windows (with the characteristic red arch) for the canopy. Nowadays 14 nuns live in the Monastery.

Agios Nektarios was the director of the Rizari School of Athens for 14 consecutive years, until 1908, when he left his position for health reasons.
His work in Rizareio was organizational, educational, writing and pedagogical. In addition, as the director of the Rizareio School, he took special care of the physical health of the students through exercise and good nutrition – he was in fact the first to introduce football as a sport on the school site. He himself blessed as “omen excellent” the establishment of a Gymnastics Association with the aim of physical training and mental development towards “perfect education and perfect education”. This is the reason why he was proclaimed the Patron Saint of Gymnasts.

Nektarios soon became beloved and the Monastery of Agios Nektarios was considered and is considered miraculous thanks to the miracles that Nektarios is believed to have performed while he was still alive.
Specifically, his presence in Aegina was associated with two events, which made him immediately popular. Nektarios initially healed a demonized young man, something that was quickly learned on the island. Then, thanks to this first miracle known from testimonies, villagers of Aegina visited him, asking him to work and pray to God, asking Him to rain. 3 whole years had passed without rain on the island, as a result of which extensive drought and financial damage have been caused to its inhabitants. Nektarios, together with the united presence of the islanders, actually worked and prayed to God and on the same day it started to rain. These two events were taken as divine signs by the Aeginians and Saint Nektarios was considered by them a living Saint (before he was even officially proclaimed a Saint).

But even after death, there are events described by the nuns, priests and islanders of Aegina which are really curious and which justify his current populism. It is said that in the next bed where Saint Nektarios was hospitalized and where he slept, a paraplegic was being treated, who, when he touched the shirt of the sleeping Saint on him, was healed. It is also said that during his transport he had no weight, while his forehead was gushing with myrrh. But the biggest mystery is that the relic of the Saint despite the 3 burials and exhumations remained unchanged for more than 30 years. His relic was examined for the first time 3 years after his death and today the cart and the bones of Agios Nektarios are kept in the holy monastery of Agia Triados that he founded in Aegina.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the miracles of Saint Nektarios, there is a huge bibliography on the internet and abroad, testimonies of people from Greece and not only and of course so many stories that have to be told by the monks and nuns who live inside the Monastery