841 – Life in a monastery: Vatopedi

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10 Responses to 841 – Life in a monastery: Vatopedi

  1. Dimitris says:

    The historic building of Agioritiki Estia has been attacked by anarchists at least 5 times since the December riots. The reason that it attracts such an unwanted attention, is that these people view it as a symbol of corruption ever since the Vatopedi scandal.. How on earth a beautiful and historic building which only serves as a simple religious bookshop, can be hold responsible for the dealings of one abbot and a few politicians, is beyond my comprehension… It is really a shame and a pity and there is absolutely no excuse for damaging artistic and historic structures.. The good news is that it was quickly repaired and a couple of days ago they installed special security shutters that will hopefully prevent any further damage from vandals.

  2. aleksandros says:

    It’s really good news that the damage appeared minimal and the building was repaired quickly.

  3. Wim says:

    Thanks for your reaction, I am glad to hear that nothing seriously happened (Dimitris, I removed one of your reactions because they were identical, oke ?) Wim

  4. Vasilis says:

    On Keliotes’ blog you may see some pictures of the damaged building. Scroll down to nr 164. http://agioritikesmnimes.pblogs.gr/

  5. aleksandros says:

    By the way does anyone know where exactly the
    diamonitirion can be extended in Karyes?

  6. Wim says:

    Aleksandros, the site of The Friends of Mount Athos gives us this information:

    Extending your visit
    A diamonitirion normally expires after four nights spent on the Mountain. If you wish to prolong your stay, you should apply to the Holy Community in Karyes where, if a good reason is given, permission will generally not be withheld. It occasionally happens that members of the Friends are asked to show their certificate of membership in support of their application, so it is worth carrying this with you. Sometimes an extension can be arranged through one of the monasteries.
    See: http://abacus.bates.edu/~rallison/friends/PilgrimsGuide/guide_visit.html
    Succes ! Wim

  7. aleksandros says:


  8. monk Yakovos says:

    Dear monastery of Vatopedi, I am monk Yakovos from Lebanon, I had visited you last year and would like to spend 1 month in the monastery after having your blessing, what do I need to send you to get a visa? my address email is: jackseraphim@yahoo.com

  9. Wim says:

    Dear Yakovos, our weblog is not a Vatopiou site, but I’ll try go get your question at the right adress and contact you. Greetings, Wim

  10. Wim says:

    Yakovos, I only found this telephone number of Vatopediou: 0030 23770 41488, but first you’ll have to make a reservation at the Pilgrims Bureau (see the last reaction send to Antonis.
    greetings, Wim

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