919 – Panteleimonos in its heyday

This is an interesting picture. What you see is the Russian monastery of Panteleimonos but it is an artist impression not the real situation. For instance you see a large church behind the large guesthouse on the waterfront but by my knowledge there has never been a church of that size on that spot. I doubt that the many buildings in the background are historical correct. But the scene gives an impression of the period before 1917 when thousands of Russian monks were living in the monastery. Nowadays the monastery is inhabited by less then 100 monks.
Early 20th century postcard.

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2 Responses to 919 – Panteleimonos in its heyday

  1. Geo says:

    These Zealots are turning this event into an annual sport.
    Im sure their cause would best be served outside of Athos all they do is create chaos and animosity amongst a place that has existed in harmony for over a thousand years.

  2. Bertinos says:

    The old picture is a mirror reflection. I suppose it’s a kind of master plan, because you can recognise existing buildings, as well as buildings that have never been built (e.g. the Agia Sofia-like building between the great guesthouse and the actual monastery)

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