610 – kellion Marouda (in the winter)

Our friend Kelliotis visits our weblog regularly and we already showed a link to his website.
By mail he send us some beautiful winter pictures of the old Serbian kellion named Marouda, not far from Karyes, which is owned by Chilandariou.
(detail from the Zwerger-map, with the help of Keliotis).

First I will show you some winter photos of this kellion from 2004:





According to a text in a stone on the floor in Slavonic, just outide the church of the kellion, it was founded in 1653 by father Victor, who payed the costs himself from money he inherited from his parents.


In 1796 the kellion was enlarged by father Dionysious the Elder (he died in 1836) and others, and according to their names the kellion at that time was not longer in Serb but in Greek hands. This text from a fresco above the main entrance gives this information.

On the outside of the building this inscription from 1797 is seen:

There are extraordinary fine and old fresco’s in the church and on the iconostasis, as you can see on these pictures:

The wonder-working icon of the Holy Virgin as shown on the left (picture 1) is painted in 1798 and covered with silver in 1816.

In 2007 this icon is taken in a procession to Karyes, together with the famous Axion Estin from the Protaton-church:


These pictures show you how the kellion is situated at 520 m. height with the Skiti Ag. Andreou on the background.

I will end with pictures from the interiour with most impressing ceilings and a beautiful blue wall;

Wim, 4/11 (thanks to Keliotes)

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3 Responses to 610 – kellion Marouda (in the winter)

  1. Bertinos says:

    The pictures are all quite apocalyptic. Because the sun sets in the west, this is often associated with death. While as the western interior wall of a church is usually decorated with the Dormition of the Theotokos, the outside wall is usually decorated with(scenes) from the Last Judgement, when the damned will be carried away from Christ by a fiery river to hell (the fish-like monster is a kind of personification of Hell).
    The scene with the angels shows a somehow litteral image of the “weighing of souls”; the ladder scene refers to a vision of spiritual life by St. John of the Ladder (Klimakos) as a ladder we have to climb, while devils try to pull us down but angels try to keep us up; and the “ape-like crowned demons” are most likely horned crowned heads of The Beast of the Apocalyps.

  2. Wim says:

    Bertinos, thanks for your expertise ! Wim

  3. Vasílis says:

    Kelliotes has nice winter pictures (snow) from Kariés, the Maroudakellí, and with the little deer: http://agioritikesmnimes.pblogs.gr/2010/02/577395.html . Life seems to be not that ‘easy’.

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