Monastère de la Transfiguration

Although it is a dependency of the Simonos-Petra monastery in Greece, the Monastery of the Transfiguration community has its spiritual roots in the French Christian tradition.

It is this connection which led the Monastery of the Transfiguration to acquire and

restore the caves of Saint Sour, troglodyte caves situated in the cliff overlooking the Vezere valley where the Saint Sour and her disciples lived in the 6th Century. The community celebrates the Liturgy of the 1st February and the 20th July, feast of the prophet Elie.

Having these roots in the French Christian tradition leads the community to regularly organise pilgrimages with the worshippers of the monastery to places where French saints and martyrs lived: Mont St Michel, the Monastery of Saint Odile, Joan of Arc's mission, the Vendee and its martyrs, the monk saints of the Jura, the Christianisation of Provence. These pilgrimages offer an opportunity to each participant to pay their respects to French saints and discover the orthodox roots of the church before its dramatic divide.

Ermitage de Saint Sour, dans les falaises dominant la Vézère.

The retreat of Saint Sour (6° S)

The French origins of the monastery