All of the Monastery’s titles over Lake Vistonida have been firmly recognised by the Greek courts as property titles. The titles have been ratified in the chrysobouls of the Byzantine emperors Nikephoros Votaneiatis in 1080, Andronikos Palaiologos III in 1329, Ioannis Palaiologos in 1357 and by the Governor John Ougglesy in 1371. In due course the Ottoman invaders paid respect to the privileges of the Church and the Holy Monasteries.
Read Vatopedi statement concerning the land deals here.
Thanks to Keliotes (visit his extensive website about Athos – only in Greek – with a lot of pictures)