The Monastery of Zygou is one of the finest examples of the Athonite architecture found outside Mount Athos whose structure can be studied without impediments of posterior building phases and liturgical use.
The ruins of the former Mount Athos Monastery of Zygou are situated in the area of the village of Ouranoupolis, about 40 meters outside the nowadays border of Mount Athos. A very interesting and short walk from Ouranoupolis, the distance is only 2,2 km and it takes about 25 minutes.
The first known reference to “Zygou” in the Athonite peninsula comes from a document of 942 in which it is not specified if this name refers to a location, a monastery or a settlement. The first accurate report about its existence was in 992, when it was already an important monastic center with a significant part in the operation of the Athonite state.