462 – A trip to Athos in 2007 (day 2 – nr 3)

On the location where Lavra stands now there used to be an old antique Greek town, and undoubtedly there would have been a pagan temple on the spot where the Catholicon stands now. As you can see, there is evidence enough, starting with the columns outside the refectory – with some of the capitals upside down ! –
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and these Corinthian capitals lie on the nearby walls:
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And it showed out that the monks collected quite a few antique items the last years, because here you see some interesting findings of old Greek stones (in what I have calling “The Open Air Museum” of Lavra).
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At the far end of the monastery, not far from the treasury, a corridor is almost completely filled up old stuff that was used by the monastery, including some recently wasted artifacts:
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and also three canons (one made of bronze).
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The large monastery looks like an old medieval town. Here a well-known picture of the entrance of the refectory
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and, on the opposite site, the Phiale and the Catholicon:
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and a lot of work is done to renovate the SW-corner (picture taken in the courtyard of the SW-wing):
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The renovation of the guesthouse is already finished,
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and a former storage-room in the courtyard is nowadays also used as guesthouse.
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And not one, but two cranes “pollute” the unspoiled image of the ancient buildings (on the foreground the treasury):
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Today I finish with the (obsolete) plan of Lavra from the Feigl-book and a recent picture of Google Earth:
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Wim Voogd, 29/4

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