347 – Chilandariou 1997

In 1997 we walked from Sografou to Chilandariou: the path sometimes changed into a little brook:
012 Athos - naar Chilandariou - paden of beekjes

This a plan a of the monastery:

Chilandariou plattegrond

You enter the monastery through this magnificent gate (1):

015 Athos - Chilandariou toegangspoort

and you can expect your coffee with raki (or Sljivovicu ?) at the waitingroom of the guesthouse (2).

013 Athos - ontvangstruimte Chilandariou

The monastery’s courtyard with Phiale (5):

014 Athos - Chilandariou

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.

 016 Athos - Chilandariou fresco

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.

017 Athos - Chilandariou - deur refectory H. Sava

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!

018 Athos - Chilandariou

In a corner of the exo-narthex a monk left his semantron (“talanto” says Graham Speake).

019 Athos - Chilandariou- semantron

The hallways are beautifull, but very dangerous:

020 Athos - Chilandariou oude gang

That afternoon we were able to visit the museum and library (F) and we had a talk with two monks (librarian and gartner):

024 Athos - Chilandariou - de bibliotheek monnik

Outside the monastary you will find gardens and this ossuary:

021 Athos - Chilandariou - knekelhuis 022 Athos - Chilandariou - knekelhuis

(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!

023 Athos - Chilandariou - de tuinman monnik
Thanks to Visilis: he showed us this link to Chilandariou’s current renovation .
Wim, 08/2/08

Latest link 2011 here, edited 27/8/2014 by Wim

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