The Female Monastery
The Female Monastery

The Female Monastery or Panagia Theoskepastos Monastery (Greek: Παναγία Θεοσκέπαστος,
"Panagia protected by God") is an ancient women's monastery built during the Trabzon
Empire. It is located at the foot of Boztepe Mountain, overlooking the city of Trabzon. The
monastery complex, built on two terraces, is surrounded by a high protective wall. The monastery was built during the reign of Alexios III (1349-1390). After undergoing major
repairs several times, it took its present form in the 19th century. The monastery originally
consisted of the rock church on the south side, the chapel at the entrance and a few rooms.
Inside the rock church, there are inscriptions and portraits mentioning Alexios III, his wife
Theodora and his mother Irene.