Near the town of Eleftheroupoli and on foothills of the verdant village of Nikisiani, there is the communal androa Holy Monastery of Saint John the Baptist. In the place where the monastery is today, there was an old shrine for hikers pilgrims heading to the nearby historic Holy Church of Eikosifoinissa (which falls under the ecclesiastical Metropolis of Drama). In 1972 in the place of the shrine a chapel began to built. Its owners were the: Nikolaos Tsekoulis, Evangelos Zacharoudes and Theodore Salteiris. The Metropolitan of Eleftheroupoli Ambrose (Nicolaou) turned slowly the chapel to a hideaway. With the actions of the successor Bishop of Eleftheroupoli Meritorious, in 1992 the hideaway was officially recognized by the Orthodox Church as a men"s Convent. In 2000 the extension of the buildings of the monastery took place, with the construction of the wing of the cells, the monastic bank and of the reception of pilgrims (guest quarters). It is men"s monastery and belongs to the metropolis of Eleftheroupoli.
Male Holy cenobitic monastery