Protaton is the church of Protos (Πρώτος=First) and is the major church at Karyes, the seat of the clerical and secular administration of the Athonite monastic state.
Dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin, the Protaton is a large triple-aisled basilica with narthex.
It was build in 962 by the monk Athanasios the Athonite (Άγιος Αθανάσιος ο Αθωνίτης)
In the year 1283, Latin Crusaders during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Michael Paleologos, attacked Mount Athos.
They tortured and hanged the Protos, and sacked the Protaton, murdering many of the monks. #agionoros #cloister #monasteries