488 Esfigmenou : the latest news

23-5-2008: news about the Esfigmenou “rebel”monastery:

The Associated Press

A senior Greek prosecutor is asking the government to send police to a religious sanctuary and expel a group of rebel monks.
Prosecutor Vassilis Floridis wrote the government to request police intervention at the monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos to enforce Greek court rulings that upheld an eviction order by authorities. Floridis is chief prosecutor in the nearby city of Thessaloniki.

Esfigmenou – 1997
Monks at the Esphigmenou monastery have defied monastic authorities for more than 30 years. They strongly oppose efforts to improve ties between Orthodox Churches and the Vatican.
Esphigmenou is one of 20 monasteries on the Athos peninsula. There was no immediate response from the government on Friday.

Look here (or here- thanks Giannis) for the website of Esfigmenou.

Wim 23-5

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13 Responses to 488 Esfigmenou : the latest news

  1. Vasilis says:

    An interesting map you may also find at: http://www.lectus.gr/map.htm

  2. Vasilis says:

    Mon. Zionisíou is not Thivaxefs I think. As you may see in this map the letter Z is used in stead of D (also Záfni). In this place there used to be a metóchion of Ag. Moní Dionisíou: Monoxilítis. That is, I think, why the place is called Mon. Zionisíou (so: belonging to the Monastery).

  3. herman says:

    Dear Vasilis,
    Your theory about Zionisiou is very convincing.
    I do not know the other map. Can you plan a route with this map? The good thing about the map on nr. 379 is that it is the largest athos map on the internet, though no very accurate.

  4. Josxe9 says:

    Dear Vasilis,
    The map is very good and I can see all places that appear in The Station (Byron).

  5. Wim says:

    According to the Dutch writer dr W.P. Theunissen in his book “Op de heilige berg Athos – 1965”, the abbot of Ag. Pavlou Seraphim ordered to make this 17 km long path/road in 1952. About 500 workers build it between 1952 – 1954. It had mainly economical reasons (transportation of timber), but was also ment to prevent fires, and costed one million Drachmas.
    Some monks protested because the workers used “devilish” mechanical saws. Official aprouvement from Karyes came on the 12th of march 1957. I do not think this the same as the path that is drawn on this map, because on the Zwerger-map you canfind a road from Pavlou to Amalfi.
    Wim 9/3

  6. herman says:

    I do not know if we talkin about the same path. I read about a path that follows the mountain ridge from say north to south, right in the middle of the peninsula as you van see on this map. It says on the map AJNEROZ,

  7. Josxe9 says:

    Dear Friends,
    1- Someone knows how many hours does it take (walking) from St.Paul to Lavra?
    2- are footpaths ok?
    3- is the foothpath easy to find?
    4- it will be my first time in Athos. Is it a crazy idea to walk alone?
    5- If it take more than one day. Can I sleep in the way? Where?
    I would appreciate your help.

  8. Wim says:

    Dear Jose,
    it is a long but relatively save walk and it takes some 5/6 hours, if you take the high path (which lies at 700 meters above sealevel). The signs are oke and it is not difficult to find your way. Walking alone is always a risk: if you fall and hurt yourself and there are not many who walk this route who can help you. But you will not be the first one who did this trip on your own so it is not a crazy idea !! Enjoy !

  9. herman says:


    If you go alone be sure that the phonenumbers of the monasteries(in this case Lavra and Pavlou) are saved in your mobile phone. Though you are in the middle of nowhere there is connection on many places on the mountain. Last year I phoned my brother from the summit (2025,54 m) when he was in Sk. Profitou Elias.

  10. Josxe9 says:

    Dear Friends,
    The high path, pass through Kerassia and Skiti St. Ana?
    I need reserve in Lavra in July?
    Thanks a lot.

  11. herman Voogd says:

    The path to Lavra starts in Skiti Anni. It begins with stairs then you climb further to 700 meters. You will reach the point where you can climb to the mountain but you follow the path direction Lavra. Within an hour you will reach Kerasia. You will have to descend a little to visit this place. Then you maintain to walk for a couple of hours on the 700 meter line till you reach the point with an amazing view on Sk.Prodromou. Then you go left to Lavra and in one hour or so you are at your end destination.
    To be on the safe site its better to reserve but there are a lot of beds in lavra.

  12. Josxe9 says:

    Dear Herman,
    Thanks a lot for yours recomendations and information. Are very useful for me.
    Another ask:
    For the Diamoneterion: are there any kind of form? or simple write to Thessaloniki asking permit and telling when?
    Kind Regard

  13. Giannis says:

    an other website of Esfigmenou: http://www.esphigmenou.gr

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