Monastery of Kakovo
Kakovo Monastery is 9km from Ierissos and 24km from Ouranopolis and is the first pilgrim station for Serbians on the way to the Hilandari Monastery in Mount Athos. The monastery spreads over a huge property of land, rich in chestnut forests and a smaller part of arable land. The monastery complex includes an artificial lake in which fish farming takes place for the needs of the Hilandari Monastery. Besides the lake there are cells for the monks, guesthouses, a shop and other auxiliary installations. Today, Kakovo has a sawmill and carpentry workshop with modern machines for making furniture and other wooden objects, needed for the reconstruction of the Hilandari Monastery that was burnt down back in 2004. It also supplies the big monastery with food produced on its land.
Kakovo was first mentioned at the beginning of the 16th century in Turkish documents. According to tradition, the property was donated to the Hiliandar Monastery by a rich Turk, after his wife managed to give birth. The poor woman who couldn't have children ate some grapes that miraculously grew in the tomb of Saint Symeon of Myrovlytos, founder of the Holy Monastery of Hilandari and in a miraculous way managed to give birth. Being very grateful, her husband donated the land to the monastery.