In my Photo archive I came across this picture of the “mysterious” Ukraine kellion, of which I wrote in blogs nr 187, 188 and 192, that I never showed here before.
An unknow deserted building – picture by Pieter Voorn 1986
At that time I did not know the exact name of this place, but with the help of a Dutch and German reader this mystery was solved, but I forgot to post their reactions in English, so here it is.
The leaflet that I found in the former library of the kellion was helpful, because our readers found out that the name of this Ukraine Kellion is (in Greek) “ Kellion Timiou Stavrou.
The translation of the cyrillic text is: “Obitel Bosdrischenje Kresta Gospodija”, which means in German “Kloster der Erhaehung des kostbaren und lebenspendenden Kreuzes”, in English “The Kellion of the Exaltation of the Cross” .
It is not related to the monastery Panteleimon, but one of the monks that lived there was named “Nastojatelju ieroschimonachou Panteleimonou s brati”, meaning “leader priestmonk Panteleimon and Brothers”.
The Kellion lies in the area of Provata, but belongs to the monastery Karakalou. According to a Greek book the kellion can be exactly situated and found on the map of Reinhold Zwerger. It is the building lying next the letters “Sk.” of Sk. Provata.
Info from the book: Agion Oros (Band 2) von G. N. Pentzikis, Explorer 2003
Source: Imerologion “ Eortologion- Telefonikos Katalogos Agiou Orous 2007, (Herausgeber: I.M. Pantokratoros) Odegos en Atho von Monch Markos Agioritis 2002
In the book of Fennel on page 195 the kellion is also mentioned as the “The Kellion of the Exaltation of the Cross, belonging to the Karakalou Monastery”. It is said that the kellion is connected with the existence of a very large bell, which I have seen hanging in the tower.
This clears up a lot of questions, but not all:
Who raised money the build this very large kellion ?
When was it build ?
Did it give any problem, an Ukraine building amidst Greek en Rumanian property ?
How many monks lived there ?
Did anyone see the condition of this building recently ? etc etc
Does someone has the answers..?
By coincidence our fellow blogger Kelliotis reported about a similar building/Kellion Agiou Artemiou 5th of februari 2009 also belonging to Skiti Provata !