This a plan a of the monastery:
You enter the monastery through this magnificent gate (1):
and you can expect your coffee with raki (or Sljivovicu ?) at the waitingroom of the guesthouse (2).
The monastery’s courtyard with Phiale (5):
The Katholikon (3) dates from 1303 and was financed by the King Stefan Uros II. Mulutin (1282 – 1321). Also see the picture in 346 of the Mulitin-tower.
Under the roof of the Phiale you will find these fresco’s, painted in 1847 by monk Makarios. Look at the face of Christ and the “latin”-influences in those days.
A painting above the door of the refectory (4) with the founders of the monastery (1198), a Serbian king Stephen and his son Rastko, who namend themselfs Simeon (r.) and Savvas (l.) as monks.
A picture of a wooden roof that supports the “800-year old” vine (Q), which was accordingly planted in 1204. It is said that the grapes help infertile women and the monastery receives many requests to send them all over the world!
In a corner of the exo-narthex a monk left his semantron (“talanto” says Graham Speake).
The hallways are beautifull, but very dangerous:
That afternoon we were able to visit the museum and library (F) and we had a talk with two monks (librarian and gartner):
Outside the monastary you will find gardens and this ossuary:
(that night in Chilandariou no pictures were taken in our bedroom, but I can asure you that the Scottish and Serbian national strong drinks were abundant available, and we had a good conversation with a anonymous and friendly Serb, and the next morning we took it easy ……(!)
We could not leave the monastery before promessing the (dwarf) gardner that we would send some flower seeds from Holland. He looked happy and I wonder what he achieved next year!
Thanks to Visilis: he showed us this link to Chilandariou’s current renovation .
Latest link 2011 here, edited 27/8/2014 by Wim