When I looked in my photo archive I found these pictures of Filotheou. We did not pay a lot of attention to this monastery on our web-log until now.
At that time we knew that the monastery was one the most serious and most “orthodox” of them all and it attracted a lot new and young monks, from all over the world. We had a lot of good conversations with these monks (also in English and German) about religious subjects and life outside Athos. If want be be converted into an orthodox believer, go to this monastery (but don’t expect to be able to visit a service in church if you have the “wrong” religion or even eat with the monks………). Question: Is this the best way to win a soul ?
The gate to the monastery Filotheou – 1989
plan of Filotheou: thanks to Eric Feigl – Athos: Vorhoelle des Paradis
2. guestroom (Archondarikon)
4. Trapeza (refectorium)
A. Raffion (tailoring)
B. Cells of monks
C. Old library and treasury
D. Iatron (docters room)
E. Prosforion and Furnos (backery)
F. Cells of monks
G. Maghirion (kitchen)
H. Chapel ag. Nikolaos
J. Vainario (wine cellar)
K. Ag. Joanis Chrystosomos
L. New Library
M. Igumenion (abbey)
N. Chapel of the Five Martyrs
P. Genesis tou Prodromou
Q. Ton Archangelon (Chapel of the Archangels)
Sunset at Filotheou with oillamp – 1989
The Semantron with hammer and a lonely flower – 1989
The a-typical shape of the Filotheaou katholikon: here you see a tower above the entrance/exo-narthex – 1989
Beautifull blue colours in fresco’s from the exo-narthex of Philoutheou – 1989
Resting, studying and smoking outside the monastery on a stone bench with a watertap – Filotheou 1989
No it is not the best way to win a soul!My opinion is to keep our sensitivity and humanity in our days we live and god knows his ways for its one’s path of life,even if his orthdox,catholic,protestant,muslim,,atheist,induist etc.
I just saw the beautiful foto of starets tikhon (and maked my day 🙂 ) in another blog and mentioned yours blog for the source.
Nice job!Keep on!